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The District of Columbia joins Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug in the United States. It remains illegal under federal law.IVAN COURONNE/AFP / Getty Images

Calgary will soon be home to Alberta's first medical clinic solely dedicated to providing access to medical marijuana.

Operators of the 420 Clinic hope to be open by the end of March.

The clinic is not a dispensary, and no marijuana will be kept on site.

Instead, the 420 Clinic will help patients navigate new federal rules around how medical marijuana can be accessed.

Under Health Canada's medical marijuana program, patients must first obtain a medical document from a qualified healthcare practitioner.

In Alberta, only physicians are able to provide such a document.

Once a document is obtained, patients must register as a client with a licensed producer before being allowed to place an order. Marijuana orders are then shipped in dried form to a patient's home using Canada Post.

Patients are only allowed to receive up to a month's supply per order.

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