Effective September 2, 2021, all District and non-resident patients and caregivers must have a valid registration to purchase medical cannabis from a registered dispensary in DC.
A caregiver is a person designated by a qualifying medical cannabis patient as the person authorized to possess, obtain from a dispensary, dispense, and assist in the administration of medical cannabis.
To qualify, an individual must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Registered as the qualifying patient’s caregiver
- Serve only one (1) qualifying patient at a time
Individuals who administer medical cannabis at a dispensary or cultivation center are not eligible.
A caregiver may only transport medical cannabis in a container or sealed package bearing the label received from the dispensary.
Enrolled patients and caregivers may purchase up to four (4) ounces of cannabis in any 30-day period and possess up to two (2) ounces at any time. Allowed formats include flowers, concentrates, edibles, transdermal products, seeds, and seedlings.
To Apply or Renew
Individuals must submit a Medical Cannabis Caregiver Application (see below) with all required documentation and payment. Applications may be uploaded to Dropbox or mailed. Currently, an online application is not available for this application type.
A criminal background check is required.
Valid Period and Fees
Caregiver cards are valid for one (1) year from date of issuance. An annual fee applies. See Fee and Renewal Schedule.