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Feb 23, 2020 < 1 read

Cannabis laws in Washington D.C.

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by The Cannigma Staff

Medical: Yes 
Recreational: Legal 
Reciprocity: Yes

Medical marijuana was legalized in DC in 2010 and the state’s first dispensary opened for business in July, 2013

Patients are able to purchase up to 4 ounces of marijuana in a 30 day period. Anyone can grow up to six plants in their home for personal use in DC.

How to Get a Medical Card in Washington D.C.

To receive medical marijuana in the District of Columbia, an applicant must apply online with the Department of Health. 

The patient must select the practitioner who referred them to the program (if a physician, APRN, dentist, physician assistant, or naturopathic physician) and then fill out the online application form. 

They must provide their proof of residence, all identifying documents, the physician recommendation number, and mail a $100 fee to the Medical Marijuan Program offices in the city.

Low income applicants can quality for a reduced $25 fee. Applications are processed within 30 business days.

Qualifying Conditions

In the District of Columbia, an applicant may receive medical marijuana for any debilitating condition if recommended by their health care professional. 

Reciprocity

Under B21-0210 – Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Amendment Act of 2015, DC “provides access to medical marijuana in the District of Columbia to those patients enrolled in a medical marijuana program from other jurisdictions.”

Where to Buy

At the District’s dispensaries, patients can buy dry flower, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates, topicals, and more. In 2014, DC residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana but recreational dispensaries have yet to open.  

Taxes

Medical marijuana consumers are exempt from taxes on purchases in DC. 

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