Updated on January 25, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
On May 4, 2010, the Council of the District of Columbia, approved Amendment Act B18-622 in a vote of 13-0, establishing the “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010.” The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by qualifying patients who obtain a recommendation from their physician. The law also requires patients to register with a medical marijuana program to obtain marijuana card.
At this time, the Mayor and the Department of Health are still establishing the DC program. Unlike most Medical Marijuana States, District of Columbia does NOT permit home cultivation of marijuana, and requires patients to obtain a limited amount of marijuana, from a DC-monitored dispensary.
Patients in District of Columbia diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the District of Columbia Medical Marijuana law, as per “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010” — Amendment Act B18-622: