- Medical Program
6 plantsMax 3 mature
6 plantsMax 3 mature
Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Washington, D.C. has some rather unusual laws when it comes to adult use of cannabis. Those without a medical marijuana card can possess or cultivate cannabis, but not purchase or gift it. Only medical cannabis patients can legally purchase cannabis in Washington D.C. This means that D.C. has not officially legalized cannabis, but is more akin to a “liberalized decriminalization”.
Although marijuana is legal under District law, the possession of marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Marijuana prohibition is enforced on federal lands, including national parks and military property. The federal government controls about 29% of the District’s total land area, about 18 square miles (47 km2), including the National Mall, West Potomac Park, Rock Creek Park, and Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling.
Though the initiative passed with 69% of the vote in November 1998, its implementation was delayed by Congress’s passage of the Barr Amendment, which prohibited DC from using its funds in support of the program.
The Barr Amendment delayed the start of the medical marijuana program until it was effectively overturned in 2009, with the first DC customer legally purchasing medical cannabis at a dispensary in the District in 2013.
In May 2010, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The Congress did not overrule the measure within the 30-legislative-day period, and as a result medical cannabis became legal on January 1, 2011.
Medical cannabis is properly legalized in Washington.D.C.
However, no dispensaries were open until 1st August, 2013 and no cards were issued before that date.
Initiative 71 permitted the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and the possession and cultivation of up to three marijuana plants.
Congress did not allow a citizen initiative to mandate the expenditure of city funds. This prevented Initiative 71 from addressing the regulation and legalization of marijuana sales, since a regulatory system would require substantial city expenditure.
Initiative 71 was partially overturned. Non-medical cannabis sale is still illegal in Washington, D.C., as is public consumption. Any aged under 21 is prohibited from possessing marijuana.
Washington, D.C.’s laws can be quite confusing, so here’s the essentials you need to keep in mind:
There are no specific qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in Washington, D.C. The decision as to whether a patient qualifies is based on their consultation with a qualified healthcare provider.
With Leafwell, you can get your Washington DC Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:
Connect with a licensed physician online in minutes.
Yes, telemedicine is legal in Washington DC and you can get certified for cannabis online.
Up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants per person – both for adult use and medical marijuana patients.
Washington, D.C. has medical marijuana reciprocity, and so recognizes out-of-state medical marijuana cards issued by other states’ medicinal cannabis programs.
A Washington, D.C. medical cannabis card is recognized by some other states’ medical marijuana programs (i.e. they have reciprocity).
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
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.
Cannabis and cannabis-containing products in Washington, D.C. must be tested for moisture content, water activity, terpene and cannabinoid levels (THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, CBN), foreign matter contamination, microbial and/or mycotoxin contamination, heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury), pesticide and/or fertilizer residue, residual solvents, and homogeneity (for edibles).
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.