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Medical Cannabis - Caregivers

Effective July 1, 2021, DC residents must present a DC medical cannabis program patient or caregiver registration card with a valid expiration date in order to purchase up to 4-ounces of medical cannabis within a 30-day rolling period from a registered DC dispensary. 


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.

Of Note

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.