Medical Marijuana Law Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Washington DC Laws


In 1998 voters in the District of Columbia approved the compassionate use of medical cannabis by an overwhelming 69% majority. However with patients being restricted from cultivating their own plants and no dispensaries in place, Washington DC allowed the use of medical marijuana, however no one was able to obtain it. Fortunately in 2010 a bill was passed which allowed up to 8 medical marijuana distribution centers to be set up in the city, to dispense medication to patients. Patients are still, however, not allowed to grow their own. Patients who are diagnosed with any of the following conditions will qualify for the use of medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Legalities:

    Washington DC has enacted a statute that allows medical marijuana patients who qualify as low-income individuals to obtain their medical cannabis at a reduced-cost from the normal price. In the District of Columbia cannabis patients are permitted to possess and use up to 2 ounces of marijuana. They are not allowed to cultivate their own cannabis, however. For more information regarding the use of medical marijuana in the District of Columbia please contact:

  • The DC Department of Health

    For individuals found to be in possession of any amount of marijuana in the District of Columbia, they will face a misdemeanor charge, up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Those caught selling, distributing or cultivating less than half of a pound as a first offense face up to 6 months jail time and a $1,000 fine. The penalty is not classified. For any amount or as a second offense individuals can face the possibility of 5 years behind bars and a $50,000 fine. No penalty is set with regards to misdemeanor or felony.

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    Guest | Jun 13, 2013
    Grow your own and don't complain.
    Guest | Mar 8, 2013
    i to live in the bible belt and suffer from chronic pain associated with 5 back surgeries 1 neck fusion and a major stomach surgery. i toked mj for 30 years for recreation i thought at the itme not realizing it was keeping me from being in pain. I worked two jobs for forty years. the last three years i have been on opiates, i have been off of everything for thirty days , it is a fact that i need something for the chronic pain. I just need to hook up with a few contacts, becausse of the burecrats I will have to purchase from the street.You have to do what you have to do. jw
    Guest | Sep 18, 2012
    Vote Libertarian in 2012 if you are truly fed up. 3rd party revolution at the voting booth is the only way to save the United States of America from the worst tyranny coming to an NDAA internment camp near you. Vote Libertarian, vote Gary Johnson in 2012!
    Guest | May 10, 2012
    i know this sounds crazy but its just how i feel about the matter honestly i think our gov has purposely weakend our thoughts for our natural rights just so they can control us like back in the old days when nobles and kings and high class people could get away with crimes because of there power thats still around today but you just dont hear about it the American people are going to need to wake up one day and see whats happening around them
    Guest | Sep 20, 2011
    Reefer legal at my house...!;~))
    Guest | Jul 2, 2011
    are you sure you want bud completley legalized? i mean if the federal government legalizes it completley you know they are gunna rub their asses all over it.
    | Jun 23, 2011
    I think that the goverment is hypicritcal about many things in todays society. They just never k now when to stop. What will it take for them to ubderstand that people can see throught hteir lies?
    chronic sufferer | Jun 10, 2011
    How ironic that in the Nation's capitol MMJ is allowed but the federal government is still not legalizing it. Can this really be true? I mean our politicians if they have a recommendation they can smoke right there near the capitol but it is illegal by federal law. How screwed up is this country?
    lindzzz | May 29, 2011
    I agree completely with what you said. This is seriously hypocrisy at its finest. I hope that soon everyone else will start to feel as fed up as some of us on here...
    SkillitHits247 | Mar 30, 2011
    (Wow, if no one else is going to say it; I WILL) How much more can this country be even more openly hypocritical and how long will the American people continue to fall for their Laws 'of Illusion' so THEY/Gov. can continue to benefit AND profit off the American Citizens and get them to focus/be distracted with the media's drama stories of celebrities, billionaires & politicians; news stories on American Idol and Dancing With The Stars instead more about the quake in Japan or the possibility of radiation spreading to the US or the hundreds of lives being killed due to casualties of war in other countries.... How is our Nation's Capitol going to pass a law to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within 500-1000 feet of where the Nation's Politicians work and UPHOLD FEDERAL LAW AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA???... Hmmm, maybe because nearly half of our politicians are really pro-cannabis but unable to say publicly because of their career status or because they're being supported/funded by the big companies paying to keep marijuana illegal (such as lumber, cotton, paper industries etc.) Let's not forget about the fact that the Federal DEA, in D.C. Headquarters where they upholding & enforcing the federal law against marijuana, approved medical marijuana for patients SO THEY CAN ACCEPT FEDERAL TAX MONEY WHILE FINDING A WAY TO IMPRISON YOU, it is only a matter of time till people start feel like they are being set up to get jacked. I have to admit that I hope I am wrong and maybe instead we will see marijuana becoming legal under federal law real soon...