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Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in Washington DC with medical legalized in 1998 and recreational legalized in 2015. Although it's legal for adults 21 and over to possess and cultivate marijuana in DC, recreational sales of marijuana is still illegal. Read on to learn more about the District of Columbia's current marijuana laws and where you can find a medical marijuana dispensary in your area.

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What you need to know about Washington DC's Cannabis Laws

  • Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Washington DC
  • The sale of recreational marijuana in Washington DC is illegal
  • It is legal to cultivate up to six marijuana plants but only three may be mature at one time
  • Medical patients may possess two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants, with only three mature plants
  • Certain areas of DC are designated as federal land where marijuana is still illegal
  • Residents may give up to an ounce of marijuana away as long as they don't accept money for the gift

Washington DC Recreational Marijuana Laws

In 2015, marijuana was legalized for use by adults over the age of 21 in Washington DC. If you live in DC or are visiting the state, you may possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants, with a limit of three mature plants. Despite legalization, retail sales in Washington DC are still illegal. In DC, it is legal to give away up to one ounce of marijuana. This has led to some delivery services emerging and offering a service where you pay a higher price for a common good and get a "free gift" of marijuana.

Residents and visitors can find medical dispensaries in Washington DC with PotAdvisor today. Check out the city maps (linked below) to find the closest medical dispensary near you.

Washington DC Medical Marijuana Laws

In 1998, DC voters passed an initiative to legalize marijuana for medical treatment in the state if prescribed by a physician. Soon after, an amendment was passed that blocked ballot initiatives that were associated with Schedule 1 substances, which marijuana is included. This amendment was overturned in 2009 and in 2010 medical marijuana was legalized in Washington DC. The first medical marijuana dispensary opened in DC in 2013. There are a number of of conditions a patient may have that would make them a good candidate for medical marijuana but in Washington DC it is up to the physician on whether or not to prescribe. Medical marijuana patients may possess two ounces of marijuana and grow three mature plants and three immature plants at one time.

How to get your Medical Marijuana Card in Washington DC

Residents of DC must meet with a physician and obtain a recommendation that would allow the patient to purchase medical marijuana. Each physician recommendation comes with a unique number to use to apply online for a medical marijuana card. Applications must include a headshot, photo ID, and two forms that prove residency in Washington DC. The application fee is $100 but low-income patients may only have to pay $25. Find all the information you'll need to apply for a medical marijuana card in Washington DC.

Medical marijuana patients in Washington DC must renew their medical card annually.

Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Washington DC

  • Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in Washington DC in public places
  • It is illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of marijuana – suspected offenders may be asked to submit to a chemical test of their breath if expected of driving while impaired
  • Out-of-state medical marijuana card holders may use their medical cards in Washington DC to purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary
  • Some land in DC is considered federal land where marijuana is still illegal
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