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Medical Cannabis - Patients

Effective August 8, 2022, DC residents may immediately purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries using their temporary patient registration approvals. Registrations are free through December 8, 2022.

Effective July 6, 2022, DC residents who are at least 21 years of age may self-certify on their patient application that they will use cannabis purchased from a licensed dispensary for medical purposes in lieu of securing a recommendation from their healthcare provider. Registrations issued by September 30, 2022, are valid for two (2) years from date of issuance.

Please direct inquiries to [email protected] 

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. 

Eligible DC residents may immediately purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries using the temporary patient registration approval sent to applicants upon submission of an online patient application. Temporary registrations are valid for 30-days and may be used while an applicant's application is under review.

DC residents whose applications are approved will be sent a permanent digital and physical registration prior to the expiration of their temporary registration. The registration number included in both the temporary and permanent registrations will be identical.

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 an Adult or Minor Patient Application. Required items for the Adult Application include:

  1. Social Security Number or a copy of a sworn affidavit stating lack of one.
  2. One (1) current face photo, 2"x2".
  3. One (1) copy of their DC DMV REAL ID* OR
    • One (1) proof of DC residency and
    • One (1) copy of government-issued photo ID
  4. A healthcare practitioner recommendation dated within two (2) years of the application submission date if not self-certifying. Applicants 21 years of age may self-certify in lieu of providing a recommendation.

Applications may be submitted:

  • In-Person. (All applicant types)
    • Walk-in registration is available Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at ABRA's office inside the Reeves Center located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application online prior to visiting the office to expedite processing.
    • Approved applicants will receive a digital and physical registration during their visit.
  • Online. (Adult applicants only)
    • Complete and submit the Adult Patient Application. If self-certifying, select “Self-Certification” under “Certification Type”. If entering a recommendation number, select “Recommendation” and enter the recommendation number and your healthcare provider’s first and last name in the fields immediately below.
    • Applications must be completed in one sitting. Applications cannot be saved and returned to at later time.
  • By Mail.
    • Mail a completed application to ABRA, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.

Valid Period and Fees

  • Patient and caregiver registration fees are waived through December 8, 2022. Previously paid fees are non-refundable.

  • Patients who were issued a one (1) year registration on or after November 10, 2020 may request a new registration valid for two (2) years at no cost. Requests may be made in-person, online, or by emailing [email protected]


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 guaranteed.

* Virginia patients may present a valid Virginia-issued registration or an expired Virginia-issued registration with a Virginia healthcare provider-issued recommendation dated within one calendar year of the purchase date effective July 1, 2022. 


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