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:
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:
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.