Legal Standing of Cannabis for Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal

  • Initiative 59: Passed on November 1998. 69% of Washington D.C. residents voted in approval.
  • Must have a registration card issued by the Division of Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy a division of the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration.
  • Any adult aged 21 or older can purchase up to 4oz in a 30 day timeframe.
  • The maximum amount of medical marijuana any patient or caregiver may possess at any time is 2 ounces of dried medical marijuana; or the equivalent of 2 ounces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form.

Washington D.C. Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Legal

  • Initiative 71: Passed on November 4, 2014. 64.87% of Washington D.C. residents voted in approval.
  • Persons aged 21 or older in D.C. may possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana.
  • Persons aged 21 or older in D.C. may grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature marijuana plants in their homes and
  • Persons aged 21 or older in D.C. may transfer up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another individual.

Medical Marijuana in Washington D.C.

In November 1998, Initiative 59 a Washington, D.C. voter-approved ballot initiative was sought with the aim of legalizing medical cannabis. The Act was the “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1998”. The initiative passed with votes of 69%, however, it was not implemented until 2009.

All qualifying patients have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes when his or her primary healthcare practitioner has provided a written recommendation that bears his or her signature and license number. This recommendation must assert that the use of marijuana is medically necessary for the patient for the treatment of a qualifying medical condition or to mitigate the side effects of a qualifying medical treatment.

Recreational Marijuana in Washington D.C.

On November 4, 2014, Initiative 71 was passed by 64.87% of Washington, D.C. residents in a voter-approved ballot initiative that legalized the recreational use of cannabis. The aim of the initiative was “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014”. The Law came into effect on February 26, 2015.

Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing

Dispensaries centers may dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients in any form deemed safe which allows patients to eat, inhale, or otherwise use medical marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana shall be subject to testing for quality assurance and safety purposes. Get more information on dispensaries and approval process to operate from the links below.

Applicants Eligible for Registration

Application Timeline for 2nd Round

Round 2 Applicants with Provisional Scores of At Least 150 Points

Public Notice Letter of Intent for Dispensary 4/26/13

Letter Of Intent Document for Dispensaries

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application Form