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Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Expanded by Five States

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Today, the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board announced the extension of reciprocity to medical cannabis patients and caregivers from Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia.

The additions increase the number of states whose medical cards or state-issued documents the District recognizes from 27 to 32. Patients and caregivers from these states may now visit any of the District’s seven (7) licensed dispensaries to purchase their medication.

Medical cannabis sales in Missouri and Virginia launched on Saturday, October 17. Minnesota and Oklahoma were previously under review by DC Health.

To qualify for reciprocity in DC, a jurisdiction must issue medical cannabis cards or state-issued documents as evidence of enrollment. Recognition of other states’ cards is not dependent on whether those states recognize DC patient or caregiver cards. Medical cannabis cards not issued by a state government are not valid. 

DC reciprocity extends to the following states:

Alaska

Hawaii

Montana

Oklahoma

Arizona

Illinois

Nevada

Oregon

Arkansas

Maine

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

California

Maryland

New Jersey

Rhode Island

Colorado

Massachusetts

New Mexico

Utah

Connecticut

Michigan

New York

Vermont

Delaware

Minnesota

North Dakota

Virginia

Florida

Missouri

Ohio

Washington

On October 1, 2020, the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 authorized the transition of the District’s medical cannabis program from DC Health to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). The ABC Board oversees ABRA.