Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Ahead

Full approval could come by May

A bill allowing D.C. residents up to 2 ounces of marijuana for medical use a month -- enough for about a joint a day -- moved forward Tuesday.

The bill would not allow patients to grow their own marijuana -- up to two plants with a city-issued license -- but a committee would study whether to allow so-called "home cultivation" by patients and caregivers and make a recommendation by 2012. 

The bill was approved by two city government committees on Tuesday. It still needs approval of the full council, an approval that could come as early as May.

Citizens approved an initiative legalizing medical marijuana in 1998, but Congress blocked its implementation until December.

Qualifying patients would be allowed to get up to 2 ounces of dried marijuana a month under the bill, though it allows the mayor to increase that amount to 2.5 ounces.

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