D.C. medical marijuana: Is it worth the price?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On Monday evening, a 51-year-old HIV-positive Northwest resident purchased about a half-ounce of cannabis from the Capital City Care dispensary, becoming the first District resident to legally purchase medical marijuana under the long-awaited city program.

The patient, whose middle name is Alonzo and who declined to be identified further for professional reasons, thus became a part of history and part of an ongoing political debate about marijuana laws in America.

But did he get a good deal on his weed?

For his sampling of the Jack Herer, Blue Dream and Master Kush strains, Alonzo paid about $250. Capital City Care currently offers four strains for between $380 and $440 per ounce, plus 6 percent city sales tax. It costs more by weight to purchase smaller amounts, but discounts are available for seniors, veterans and patients who are certified as low-income by the city.

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