August 8, 2022

Eligible DC Residents Can Now Purchase Medical Cannabis Immediately Upon Applying Online for a Medical Cannabis Patient Registration

Eligible DC Residents Can Now Purchase Medical Cannabis Immediately Upon Applying Online or at a Legal Dispensary

Eligible DC Residents Can Now Purchase Medical Cannabis Immediately Upon Applying Online for a Medical Cannabis Patient Registration

Effective August 5, 2022, eligible DC residents may now immediately purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries using the temporary patient registration approval sent to applicants upon submission of an online patient application. Temporary registrations are valid for 30-days and may be used while an applicant’s application is under review.

DC residents whose applications are approved will be sent a permanent digital and physical registration prior to the expiration of their temporary registration. The registration number included in both the temporary and permanent registrations will be identical.

Applicants who are unresponsive to requests for missing information, or who are determined to be ineligible, will have their temporary registration deactivated.

Patient and caregiver registrations remain free through December 8, 2022. Applicants who apply by September 30 will be issued a two-year registration if approved.

ABRA implemented this change to ensure that patients are able to obtain cannabis for medical use as quickly as possible. “We are excited to offer this new online temporary approval option for the District’s eligible medical cannabis patients that will allow them to gain immediate access to their medicine,” said ABRA Director Fred Moosally.

Non-DC residents are ineligible to register in DC’s medical cannabis program but may continue to purchase cannabis from a DC-licensed dispensary if they are a patient in one of the 38 states or territories medical cannabis programs extend reciprocity. The Medical Marijuana Self-Certification Emergency Amendment Act of 2022 signed into law by Mayor Muriel Bowser on July 6, 2022, authorized temporary registrations and self-certification by DC residents at least 21 years of age and older.

Applications and details are available at

  • ABRA is now offering walk-in registration Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Applicants with complete applications will receive their digital and physical registration at no-cost during their visit. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application online in advance to expedite the processing.
  • Walk-in registration takes place at ABRA’s Medical Cannabis Program Office in the Reeves Center located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009. The closest Metro Station is U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green Line). Several bus lines also service the area.
  • Recommendations are accepted for up two (2) years from the date of issuance—an increase from 90-days.
  • Recommendations from healthcare practitioners will still be accepted, including telehealth recommendations.

Takoma Wellness Center

Elevating Your Cannabis Experience Since 2013

Patients and caregivers with medical cannabis cards from DC and these states may purchase up to eight (8) ounces of cannabis in any 30-day rolling period for enrolled patients.

Mon-Thur, 11:00am-7:00pm
Fri, 10:30a-7:00pm
Weekend, 10:30am-5:00pm


We will accept all DC expired cards until 12/8/2022.  Please renew your card prior to that date. If you renew before 12/28/2022, the new card will be at no cost. Cards will be valid for two years.

Takoma Wellness accepts patients from any state with an active licensed medical program.

Read Rabbi Jeff Kahn’s testimony to the DC Council on 11/19/2021 in favor of Bill 34-113 the Medical Cannabis Amendment Act of 2021 and Bill 24-118, the Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021
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We were the first medical cannabis dispensary in America’s capital when we opened our doors on August 1, 2013. The world has changed since that day; our commitment to your health hasn’t.

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Our founder’s parents discovered the benefits of medical cannabis in the 1970s, at a time when the plant was stigmatized and misunderstood. They consumed cannabis to address personal health issues, but prohibition was a roadblock to easy access. Their experience is why we’ve made it our mission to provide consumers with the highest-quality cannabis products. It’s also why we’re committed to building lasting customer relationships.



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