Cannabis Laws in Washington D.C.

It feels ironic that the main seat of the US political system, Washington, D.C., has legalized medical and recreational marijuana, when it is still federally illegal. Yet, with over half of the states in the US having a medical marijuana program of some sort, it shouldn't be surprising that Washington, D.C. is representative of most of the rest of the country. Here's more about the medical and recreational marijuana/cannabis laws in Washington.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Washington, D.C.

Telehealth for Cannabis in Washington, D.C.

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Washington, D.C.. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Laws in Washington, D.C.

Benefits of having a Medical Marijuana Card in a Recreational State Like Washington, D.C.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Washington, D.C.

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Any condition that results in long-lasting, chronic pain or spasms (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy)
    Replacement for opiates post-surgery
  • Patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, the use of protease or azidothymidine inhibitors and several others where side-effects can affect the patient’s quality of life
  • Any other condition determined to be chronic or long-lasting, debilitating or interferes with the basic functions of life
  • A serious medical condition for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Washington, D.C.

In order to qualify for medical marijuana for yourself, you must be aged 18 or over. Those who are under 18 will need to have a caregiver. The caregiver must:

A child suffering from a debilitating, life-long and/or life-threatening condition such as autism, cancer or epilepsy may qualify for medical marijuana in Washington, D.C.

Children who are in need of medical marijuana are allowed to consume on school grounds.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Washington, D.C.

  • For medical card holders = 2 oz., with a 4 oz. purchase limit every 30 days.
  • For recreational users  = 2 oz.

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Washington, D.C.

Up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants per person – both recreational and medical

Medical Cannabis Qualification and Gun Laws

At this moment in time, Washington, D.C. medical marijuana patients cannot legally own a firearm.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

In 2015, the District of Columbia Council recently passed legislation to ban an employer from testing for marijuana until a conditional job offer has been made – unless otherwise required by law.

However, an employer may carry out a drug test for those who are employed. The law also allows employers to implement and enforce a workplace drug policy that includes marijuana restrictions. There is no specific legislation that protects medical marijuana patients. In such instances, it is at the employer’s discretion whether or not they wish to carry on with employing a medical marijuana patient.

Local Cannabis Laws in Washington, D.C.

Whilst medical and recreational cannabis is technically legal in Washington, D.C., there is still plenty of grey area, and many of the cities in D.C. do not have any dispensaries patients or customers can purchase from.