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Medical Cannabis - Patients

DC residents, including minors, may legally be recommended, purchase, possess, and use, medical cannabis to treat a diagnosed qualified medical condition or related side effect. Non-resident patients may purchase medical cannabis from DC dispensaries if their jurisdiction has been extended reciprocity. A full list of eligible jurisdictions is detailed below.

Medical cannabis patients, including non-residents extended reciprocity, may purchase up to eight (8) ounces of cannabis within a rolling 30-day period and possess up to two (2) ounces at any time. Allowed formats include flowers, concentrates, edibles, transdermal products, seeds, and seedlings.

Federal laws continue to apply including the prohibition of transporting medical cannabis across state lines. The use of medical cannabis is not permitted in public.

To Apply or Renew

DC residents must submit a complete Medical Cannabis Patient Application (adult or minor version) and payment. Applications may be submitted online (recommended), by mail, or by placing in the Self-Service Kiosk directly outside ABRA's lobby. 

In-person expedited same-day registration is available through ABRA's Turnaround Thursday initiative. Every Thursday through April 28, 2022, new and renewing applicants who submit a complete application and provide payment will be issued a physical and digital registration during their walk-in visit. Service hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

To start your online application, select the healthcare practitioner who referred you to the Medical Cannabis Program. Hard copy applications are available at the bottom of this page.

Valid Period and Fees

Emergency legislation aimed at ensuring patients have uninterrupted access to recommended medical cannabis is now in effect. Key modifications include: 

  • Patients whose registration expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 through January 31, 2022 will remain active and can continue to purchase medical cannabis using their previously issued digital or physical registration. Valid registrations are required effective February 1, 2022. 
  • Persons whose new or renewal patient application is received by January 31, 2022 will receive a registration valid, if approved, for two (2) years from the date of issuance at no cost. Registrations issued on or before November 9, 2021 and on after February 1, 2022 are valid for one (1) year from date of issuance. 
  • Persons who were issued a one (1)-year registration on or after November 10, 2020 are eligible to receive a new registration valid for two (2) years from the original issuance date at no cost. Previously paid registrations fees are non-refundable. Individuals may request a new registration by:
    • Email. Include “Extended Registration Request” in the subject line, and the full name of the registrant, registration number, and mailing address in the email. Direct the request to [email protected].
    • Mail. Include the full name of the registrant, registration number, and mailing address in the request. Mail to ABRA, Medical Cannabis Program, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009.
    • In-Person. Every Thursday through December 16, excluding Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day, ABRA hosts Turnaround Thursdays. Walk-in customers approved for a registration will receive their physical and digital registration during their visit. Visit ABRA, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009. Service hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Reduced fee patient and caregiver registrations are available to qualifying individuals. See Fee and Renewal Schedule.

Replacement Cards

If a patient or caregiver experiences the theft, loss, or destruction of their registration card, the cardholder must notify ABRA within 24-hours of the discovery.

Replacement cards may be requested by completing and submitting a Medical Cannabis Patient Card Replacement Form (see below). A replacement card fee applies. 


Non-resident patients must present their digital or physical government-issued medical cannabis registration. Medical cards or documents issued by private companies such as NuggMD, even if issued by a healthcare practitioner, are not eligible.

Reciprocity has been extended to patients registered in a medical cannabis program in the below U.S. jurisdictions. Reciprocity to DC patients is not guranteed. 


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Dakota
West Virginia