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MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL WILL LIKELY ALLOW GROWING
D.C. lawmakers are discussing adding a provision to a medical marijuana bill that would allow authorized users to grow the plants for their personal use.
D.C. voters approved the creation of a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress had blocked it until recently. Council member Phil Mendelson, who chairs a committee with oversight over the bill, said Tuesday that a so-called "home cultivation" provision was being discussed. Mendelson's committee and another with oversight over the bill could recommend language for the full council to adopt as early as next week. (WTOP)
BUDDAH'S ARRIVAL IN DC DRAWS NEAR
The long awaited arrival of Buddha Bar at 455 Mass Ave NW is tentatively targeted for late April. I’ve been checking in with the URL of www.buddhabardc.com every now and again looking for activity. As recently as Monday the URL had no content. Tonight it has a landing page – see the screen cap below. (The Triangle)
WASHINGTON AREA KEEPS GROWING DESPITE ECONOMY
New census statistics released Tuesday show that the Washington region's population has continued to grow at a brisk pace since the onset of the economic downturn, another indicator that the area is weathering the recession better than other parts of the country.
In the two years preceding July 1, 2009, the region added 163,000 people, bringing the total to almost 5.5 million residents. That growth rate of 3 percent is faster than that of any other Eastern Seaboard city. Metropolitan New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore all grew by less than 1 percent during the same period, while the Boston area increased in population by about 2 percent.
MARION BERRY REALITY TV STAR?
Local documentary filmmaker Kirk Fraser and his company, May 3rd Films, has posted a pair of trailers online for the spec reality TV show he's been making about former mayor and Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry. News of the show's existence first surfaced back in November.
The first video, above, shows Barry getting censured by the D.C. Council earlier this month, along with some behind the scenes footage of Barry meeting with his lawyer, Fred Cooke. Cooke can be observed calling the censure resolution "bullshit" and speculating that Barry might only need to wait things out for some period of time before he's given his committee assignments back. (DCist)