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      Four D.C. medical marijuana dispensaries closer to opening

      D.C.'s health department has announced that four medical marijuana dispensaries are now closer to opening in D.C.

      The four dispensaries still must apply for business licenses and other permits before they are approved to dispense medical marijuana.

      The four dispensaries that went through the city's licensing process and are now eligible to open are:

      Herbal Alternatives1147 20th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

      Takoma Wellness Center, Inc. 6925 Blair Road, NW Washington, DC 20012

      Metropolitan Wellness Center Corporation 409 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

      VentureForth, LLC DBA Center City Care 1334 North Capitol Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

      "Today's announcement highlights the District's commitment to provide patients who are suffering from very specific conditions that require unique solutions to help alleviate their pain," said Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Director DC Department of Health, in a statement. "I am pleased with the progress we have made, and look forward to administering the program with the utmost security to ensure patient safety and security for all residents.