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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Washington, D.C.

Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.

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  3. Fill out the application form, attaching relevant documents and doctor’s certificate, and get qualified for medical cannabis. i

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Any chronic or long-lasting condition deemed suitable by the physician
  • Debilitating or interferes with the basic functions of life; and is a serious medical condition for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial, that cannot be effectively treated by any ordinary medical or surgical measure, or for which there is scientific evidence that the use of medical marijuana is likely to be significantly less addictive than the ordinary medical treatment for that condition.
  • Patients may also qualify by undergoing any of the following medical treatments: Chemotherapy; radiotherapy; the use of azidothymidine or protease inhibitors; or any other treatment as determined by rule making, whose side effects require treatment through the administration of medical marijuana in the same manner as a qualifying medical condition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does a Washington, D.C. MMJ Card and Recommendation Cost?

$90 for the application ($25 for low income patients), payable to the state. Doctor’s fees are separate, and start from $100, subject to change.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Card?

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card for yourself in Washington, D.C.. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My Washington D.C. MMJ Card?

It can take between 21 – 31 days to qualify for a MMJ card in Washington, D.C.

Telehealth/In-Person Available for Medical Marijuana in Washington D.C.?

Telehealth/telemedicine available is available in Washington, D.C.. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for medical marijuana.

Washington D.C. Caregiver needed?

Yes, should patient be under the age of 18 or if the patient needs assistance obtaining medical marijuana. Caregivers need to be aged 18 or over, and must apply for a caregivers medical marijuana identification card and be authorized to provide for a specific patient.

Caregivers must never have been convicted of possession or sale of a controlled substance unless such conviction occurred after the effective date of the Act (July 2010) and was related to the possession of marijuana that is authorized under the Act.

Can I grow cannabis plants in Washington, D.C.?

It is legal to grow up to six plants (3 mature; 3 immature) for recreational and medical purposes in Washington, D.C.. No provision for commercial recreational cultivation.

Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

Out-of-state patients visiting from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont & Washington who hold valid, unrestricted Medical Marijuana cards are able to purchase up to four (4) oz. of Medical Marijuana Product from Dispensaries located in the District of Columbia.

Washington, D.C. Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Multiple Sclerosis
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

What documents do I need to apply for a Washington D.C. MMJ Card?

You must be a resident of the District of Columbia and be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition or be currently undergoing a qualifying medical treatment (see below).

You must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis.

Obtain an authenticated, written recommendation from a physician licensed in the state of Washington, DC, with whom you maintain a bona fide relationship with, stating that that you might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.

The law also requires patients to register with DC’s Department of Health, upon which the patient will receive a medical marijuana I.D. card.

Once you have obtained your marijuana card, the maximum amount a patient may possess, is no more than 2 ounces of dried cannabis flower. Medical cannabis may be purchased from state-licensed caregivers, or collectives, also known as a dispensary.

Medical records - these can include doctor's/progress notes, a list of medications and medical images.

Will insurance cover the cost of my D.C. Medical Card consultation?

No. Marijuana is federally illegal, even for state-qualified medical marijuana patients. This means that insurance will not pay for the costs associated with medical marijuana.