DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rabbi Jeffrey and Stephanie Kahn’s years-long dream to provide medical marijuana to DC patients is now a reality. Last week, the family-owned and operated Takoma Wellness Center opened its doors to the very first Department of Health registered medical marijuana patients. The center, which plans to give 100% of profits to local charities, was inspired by the Kahns’ struggle to care for Stephanie’s sick parents, who suffered from cancer and MS.
“After years of paying rent and jumping through burning hoops, we are finally able to help sick folks access their medicine. Medical marijuana is available to Washingtonians at long last,” Rabbi Kahn said. Takoma Wellness Center opened nearly 15 years after DC first voted to legalize medical marijuana.
The dispensary is located a block away from the Takoma Metro Station (Red Line) and is just a few blocks from Georgia Avenue. “We wanted to make sure at least one dispensary was in the Upper Northwest,” Stephanie Kahn said. “We knew people in the northern wards shouldn’t have to travel to get medical marijuana.” Takoma Wellness Center is the only dispensary north of downtown.
Takoma Wellness Center is a ground floor facility – no ramps are needed – allowing easy access for the disabled. “We engaged a consultant who made sure he could ride from the Metro Station to the front door in his wheelchair,” Stephanie said. “Another consultant had us change doors and cut away part of a counter just days before we opened, just to make sure there is easy access for everyone.”
Stephanie Kahn, a DC-native and nurse who became a healthcare executive, along with her husband, Rabbi Kahn, a congregational rabbi since 1981, have a combined 50+ years of experience in the fields of health, wellness and healing. They – and Takoma Wellness Center – are part of the new marijuana majority.
“The mood of the nation has changed,” Rabbi Kahn said. “The vast majority of Americans agree with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Special that marijuana is real medicine.”