Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 724-8800
Website: District of Columbia Medical Marijuana Program
Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana
“A dispensary is a facility operated by an organization or business registered with the Department of Health… Patients are required to choose a single dispensary to register with… Dispensaries and cultivation centers may dispense or distribute medical marijuana in any form deemed safe which allows patients to eat, inhale, or otherwise use medical marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana will be subject to testing for quality assurance and safety purposes.” Medical Marijuana Program Frequently Asked Questions [Accessed March 01, 2016]
Patient Registry fee is $100 for new applications and renewals, or $25 for low income patients. The District of Columbia Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.
As legislation changes in DC, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in DC.
The D.C. Council passed a bill in November, 2016 that resulted in substantial changes for medical marijuana in the District of Columbia. It allows patients to access all of the dispensaries in the city instead of just one, and it also permits people who have been convicted of misdemeanor drug crimes to work in the industry. In November, 2014, voters approved a ballot initiative that legalized the possession and cultivation of small amounts of pot for people 21 years of age and older.
City leaders have worked to make access to medical cannabis available to patients for several years. For example, Amendment Act B18-622, the “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010” was approved 13-0 by the Council of the District of Columbia on May 4, 2010. On May 21, 2010, it was signed by the Mayor. Once signed, the law underwent a 30-day Congressional review period, and because neither the Senate nor the House did anything to stop the law, it naturally became effective, at the end of the review period.
The legal medical marijuana program for the District of Columbia allows legal medical marijuana patients to receive a marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, apply for a State-issued District of Columbia Medical Marijuana ID Card, and grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per state guidelines.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, announced the emergency amendment to title 22 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), on April 14, 2011, in which a new subtitle C entitled “Medical Marijuana”, was added. The amendment outlined the “process and procedure” for patients, caregivers, physicians, and dispensaries, and implemented the “provisions of the Act that must be addressed at the onset to enable the Department to administer the program.” The final rulemaking was released online, on January 03, 2012.
The DC Department of Health’s Health Regulation and Licensing Administration released a revised timeline for the dispensary application process, on February 14, 2012, listing June 08, 2012, as the date by which the Department plans to announce dispensary applicants available for registration.
In April 2013, Capital City Care, was the first dispensary licensed.
Medical marijuana patients are permitted to purchase up to two (2) ounces of dried medical marijuana per month or the equivalent of two ounces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form. At this time, home cultivation is NOT permitted.
Qualified patients in District of Columbia may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.
We have compiled the following index of medical marijuana information for the Washington, DC, to serve as a legal library to our users. Please review carefully the below information in regards to legal references for the District of Columbia’s laws and guidelines regarding Medical Cannabis and its use.
Since the District of Columbia medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new District of Columbia medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a monthly basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the District of Columbia medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about District of Columbia’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following District of Columbia medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of District of Columbia’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in District of Columbia.
Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of District of Columbia’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions, you can visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states”.