Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cannabis legal in DC?

    Yes, both medical and adult-use cannabis is legal in Washington DC. However, the process of actually purchasing cannabis from a licensed dispensary is only available for medical patients.

  • Who qualifies for DC’s medical marijuana program? Who oversees it?

    The District of Columbia Department of Health is who oversees all of DC’s medical marijuana program. To qualify, you must have at least one debilitating medical condition, be at least 18 years of age, and be a resident of DC.

     

    If you’re under 18 years of age and wish to obtain an MMJ card in DC, you must have your parent or guardian apply for the program for you. Then, they will either be your designated caregiver, or you can appoint someone else.

  • What is the medical marijuana program application process like?

    The process of applying for your medical marijuana card in DC is actually quite simple. Like most states, you must first meet with an approved physician who can write you a recommendation. Once you have this recommendation, you will fill out the patient application form (unless you’re a minor; then, your parents will complete this step).

     

    From there, you will have to choose which dispensary you want to shop at, a caregiver if you want one, and provide proof of DC residency in two different forms. After this, you will pay a one-time $100 application fee and wait for your card to arrive.

  • What are the qualifying medical conditions for an MMJ card in DC?

    In the past, DC did have a set list of medical conditions to qualify for an MMJ card. However, with amendments to this law, now the program states that the physician will determine whether or not your current medical condition(s) can be helped or alleviated through medicinal cannabis. If they believe it can, they will write you a recommendation.

  • Where can I buy medical cannabis in DC?

    When you apply for your medical marijuana card, you will be given a list of licensed dispensaries to choose from. A medical patient in DC can only purchase cannabis from the designated dispensary listed on the MMJ card. 

  • Where can I consume it?

    You can only consume medical cannabis in your private residence or property. You cannot consume cannabis in any public space, including places that sell medical marijuana. Moving vehicles, outdoor venues, schools, workplaces, restaurants, bars, and even rooftop patios are prohibited for cannabis consumption. 

  • How much cannabis can I possess in DC?

    Patients and caregivers can possess up to two ounces of cannabis at one time. You can legally cultivate up to six plants in your home, but they must be kept in secure areas and out of the public eye.

  • Does DC accept out-of-state medical cards?

    Yes, DC does accept out-of-state medical cards coming from states with MMJ programs similar to theirs.

  • Does DC require lab testing on cannabis products?

    Yes! The Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Act requires testing of THC and CBD to ensure ultimate purity and safety measures.