Marijuana Cultivation Centers Application Process Opens in DC | News

(via DCist.com)

Today, the D.C. Department of Health announced that it was opening a month-long application process for the 10 cultivation centers that will be part of the city’s slowly evolving medical marijuana program.

Between April and June, over 50 hopefuls filed letters of intent with the District outlining their plans to apply for a license to run one or multiple cultivation centers throughout the city. Those that met basic criteria are now allowed to file full applications, which come with a steep $5,000 application fee, only $2,500 of which is refundable.

Once the full applications are received — the closing date is September 16 — a five-member committee will choose the lucky winners based on a number of factors, including security plans and input from ANCs where they plan on locating. (Ward 5 seems to be go-to spot for cultivation centers, but we’ve heard of possible locations everywhere from Capitol Hill to Tenleytown.) Each cultivation center will be limited to 95 plants, and city officials expect the program to be fully operational by May 2012.

Of course, like much of the program’s development to date, there are still uncertainties and unanswered questions that are likely to upset impatient advocates. Notably: while applications for cultivation centers are now available, the same application for the five dispensaries that will actually get the marijuana to qualifying patients is not. (Cultivation centers are not allowed to service patients directly.)

Additionally, the Department of Health gave additional notice today that a new set of rules governing the program are forthcoming on August 12; once out, these will be the fourth version of the program’s rules rolled out since last year. In today’s notice, the Department of Health warns that “some of the application requirements have changed,” but applicants won’t know until next week which ones have changed. Finally, though the notice says that the application will be available electronically on the Department of Health website, it hasn’t yet been posted as of this story.

We’ve reached out to the Department of Health for answers, but haven’t heard back yet. Once we do, we’ll update.

Young Jeezy At Club Fur This Friday 8/5 | Events

Event Details

Date: Friday, August 05, 2011

Location: FUR
Address: 33 Patterson Street NE, Washington DC

 Time: 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Tickets: http://youngjeezyfur.eventbrite.com/

NY Times on Gentrification in DC, “Chocolate City’s” Not So Chocolate Anymore | News

In the Northeast area of Washington, H Street shows signs of gentrification like new sidewalks and stylized street lamps.

“Fenty did things that were attractive to white people,” Marion Barry said in an interview. Mr. Barry is the storied former mayor who served time in prison, but is still so adored by his black constituency that he has remained in elected office.

Check out this article posted in the NY Times. It’s one of those taboo topics. Everyone sees it but no one wants to talk about it. It has become very apparent in some parts in DC, that the neighborhoods are “changing”. New housing, new expensive housing, better parks and recreation, schools, even facelifts on the streets and landscaping.

Please read this article. You may be able to look out the window of your NE DC home near Benning Road or SW DC home by Waterfront and relate to this story.

A Population Changes, Uneasily

WASHINGTON — This city, the country’s first to have an African-American majority and one of its earliest experiments in black self-government, is passing a milestone.

Washington’s black population slipped below 50 percent this year, possibly in February, about 51 years after it gained a majority, according to anestimate by William Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution.

The shift is passing without much debate, but it is leaving ripples of resentment in neighborhoods across the city, pitting some of the city’s long-term residents, often African-American, against affluent newcomers, most of whom are white, over issues as mundane as church parking and chicken wings.

“You can’t help but look around and see the face of the community changing before your eyes,” said Tom Sherwood, co-author of “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.

He added, “That can be an uncomfortable feeling, and you’re going to have some people acting out, expressing their concern in racial code words.”

On H Street, Pamela Johnson, an African-American who owns a small storefront building, said her property tax bill had more than tripled in the three and a half years since the city began building a streetcar system that she said she never wanted. She said that she could not afford to pay and that she was one of several dozen owners in danger of losing their properties in a tax sale…

But race and class issues often overlap, and as the city’s demographics shift — the white population jumped by 31 percent in the past decade, while the black population declined by 11 percent — many less affluent blacks say they are feeling left out of the city’s improving fortunes. In April, the Census Bureau reported that Ward 8, in the city’s mostly poor and black southeast, had the highest jobless rate in the country.

“Change is good, but it kind of kicks some of us to the back of the bus,” said Shirley Parnell, a Department of Motor Vehicles worker who recently inherited her mother’s house near H Street, which came with $11,000 in back taxes.

READ MORE HERE

Clint Eastwood To Help Create Police Museum In DC | News

(via @wusa9)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clint Eastwood is joining an effort to build a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington to honor police officers and their history.

The museum’s foundation announced Monday that Eastwood agreed to serve as its honorary chairman. He will help raise funds by creating a public service announcement campaign.

Last year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano broke ground for the project. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton also have championed the effort.

More than $43 million has been raised to date for the $80 million museum. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.

The mostly underground museum will be built among the courthouses at Washington’s Judiciary Square near a memorial that honors 19,000 officers killed in the line of duty.

Washington City Paper StreetBox Art Project Context | News

In Celebration of Washington City Paper’s 30th anniversary, Pyramid Atlantic Artists redesigned 10 of the Washington City Paper streetboxes. You’ll see these useable works of art around town (locations listed), get to know the artists and vote for your favorite.

Check out some of the boxes in the contest!

See the other boxes and VOTE HERE

All Four Sides/Top Less Bottom | Artist: Adam Dwight

DC Peepin' | Artist: Cara Hunt

Vote and Win!

Vote for your favorite streetbox below. Every voter is entered to win a prize pack including Washington Nationals Diamond tickets, Landmark movie passes, concert tickets, and more.

The winning Streetbox will be announced in the Fall Arts Guide on September 16 and will be shown at this year’s Crafty Bastards Arts and Craft Fair on October 1st.

To vote, click on the pink button below the design you wish to vote for, then enter your e-mail address at the bottom of the page. Voting ends August 30th.

Ben’s Chili Bowl, Coming Soon To Clarendon? | News

(via Mike Madden @ WCP)

Residents of the D.C. suburbs with a hankering for a chili half-smoke may not have to go all the way to 13th and U streets NW or Nationals Park to satisfy their urge for much longer.

As Housing Complex reported today, Ben’s Chili Bowl is moving forward with plans to open franchise locations in new spots. Under consideration: Clarendon, Springfield, Prince George’s County, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, and other places.

Would those famous half-smokes still taste as good if they’re cooked on a grill that hasn’t been cooking them for decades? (And yes, the same question goes for the ones they’re serving at the ballpark.) Leave your predictions for a suburban Ben’s in the comments.

Third Arrest In DC Caribbean Festival 2011 Murder | News

Robert Foster Jr. was killed in a shooting near the Caribbean Festival in Washington, D.C.

(via @WUSA9)

WASHINGTON (WUSA) — A 19-year-old Northeast man has been charged in the murder of Robert Foster, Jr.

Foster, 43, died on June 25. He was one of four people shot during an exchange of gunfire between rival gangs at the Caribbean Festival. He was taken to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

On Monday, July 11, 19-year-old Terrance Marquis Bush of Northeast, D.C., was arrested on a warrant charging him with second degree murder while armed.

Two other men were arrested earlier. On July 5, 20-year-old Deonte J. Bryant of Northwest DC was arrested pursuant to a warrant charging him with second -degree murder while armed.

Terry Jiminez of New York was arrested a day after Foster was shot. He was charged with murder two while armed.

Sources told 9News Now after Jimenez’s arrest that he was associated with one of two crews feuding. He was on the same porch as Lucki Pannell, 17, when she was killed in a drive by shooting. Like Foster, Pannell was also an innocent victim.