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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 Medical Cannabis Patient Application (adult or minor version). Applications may be submitted online (recommended), by mail, or in-person Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Walk-in registrations take place at ABRA's Medical Cannabis Program office inside the Reeves Center located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.

Before starting your application, please gather all the required information and documents you will need to complete it. Incomplete applications cannot be saved and returned to later. Required items include:

  1. A healthcare practitioner recommendation with a date of issuance within 2 years of the application submission date OR Self-Certification for individuals 65 and older*

  2. Social Security Number or a copy of a sworn affidavit stating lack of one*

  3. One (1) current face photo, "2x2"*
  4. One (1) copy of DC DMV REAL ID* OR
    • One (1) proof of DC residency and*
    • One (1) copy of government-issued photo ID*

To start your online application, select the healthcare practitioner type that provided you with a recommendation. Printable applications and related documents are available at the bottom of this page.

To self-certify online, if you are 65 years of age or older, once you have entered your Date of Birth, the Self Certification option will appear in the Recommendation Information area (see example below). This Self-Certification affirms that you will only use cannabis for medical purposes in lieu of securing a recommendation from your healthcare provider

To self-certify by Mail or In-Person, select and complete the fillable PDF Medical Cannabis Patient Adult Application.

Valid Period and Fees

Key program modifications are in effect on a temporary basis:

  • Patient and caregiver registration fees are waived through August 18, 2022. Previously paid fees are non-refundable.

  • New and renewed patient and caregiver registrations are valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance. Persons 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 for an extended registration may be made 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, mailing address, and email address (if available) in the request. Mail to ABRA, Medical Cannabis Program, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 South, Washington, DC 20009.
      • In-Person. Walk-in applicants are welcome Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Applicants with complete applications will receive a digital and physical registration. Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application prior to visiting our office. Applications are processed at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.

Reciprocity

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. 

Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri

Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont
Virginia *
Washington
West Virginia