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Ward 7 got its first medical marijuana dispensary in July, marking a moment when black residents can more readily access the drug after long being criminalized for using it

But the lead-up to the grand opening of DC Holistic Wellness was bizarre, to say the least.   

For starters, a dispensary by the name of Charmed was supposed to be the single shop in Ward 7. But a slip of the tongue stopped that from happening—and prompted a months-long investigation and lawsuit. While accepting the Ward 7 opportunity among fellow marijuanapreneurs, Charmed co-owner Andy Hai Ting said he was there to represent two dispensaries. 

“The District’s anti-monopoly rules forbid anyone from applying to hold more than one marijuana dispensary license, a rule designed to keep the medical cannabis industry from being dominated by chains and big business. But the regulations are slightly ambiguous,” writes City Paper’s Joshua Kaplan

It doesn’t end there. Charmed never hid its ownership structure, but the District somehow failed to notice that up front. Read the full story online

If readers want to learn more about capitalism and corruption within the cannabis industry, Kaplan offers this starter reading list: “California is Awash in Cannabis Cash. Some is Being Used to Bribe Public Officials” in L.A. Times;  “How Big Business, Monopolies and Stacked Licenses Impact the Marijuana Industry” in cannabiz media; and “D.C. Is the Most Expensive Place in the Country to Light Up” in City Paper. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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