PATIENTS

Obtaining a D.C. Medical Cannabis Card

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.dc.gov/page/medical-cannabis-patients.

  • 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.

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Become a Medical Cannabis Patient in four easy steps:

We welcome all patients with a medical cannabis card from any US state with a
medical cannabis program. Please bring your certification/card along with a valid,
government-issued photo ID.

Do You Live In D.C?

In order to get your medical cannabis card, you’ll need to prove that you have current residency in the District.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will now accept an unexpired REAL ID Driver’s license as proof of DC residency.  If you do not have one, they will accept one of the following:
  • Driver’s license (if it has your current address)
  • Current, unexpired Motor Vehicle Registration
  • Voter Registration
  • Utility Bill or Phone Bill within the last 60 Days
  • Current Paystub that shows Address, DC Withholding
  • A Signed Lease/Deed with your Name, DC Address, and Date

Self Certification OR a Healthcare Provider Recommendation

DC residents may immediately purchase medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries using their temporary registration approvals. Registrations are free through December 8th 2022.

DC residents who’s applications are approved will be sent a permanent digital and physical card before the expiration of their temporary registration. The registration number that’s included in both the temporary and permanent registrations will be identical.

A healthcare practitioner recommendation dated within 2 years of the application submission date if not self certifying. Applicants 21 years of age and older may self certify instead of providing a recommendation.


Completing Your Patient Application

The process of applying for or renewing a DC medical cannabis card has changed due to COVID. You must have an email address and a credit or debit card to pay online. Most people receive their card 1-2 weeks after applying. You will need to obtain a recommendation from a healthcare practitioner first and then go to https://abra.dc.gov/page/medical-cannabis-patients. The application must be completed all at once, so please ensure you have everything you need, including:

  1. A picture of your head and shoulders against a white background (only religious head-coverings are permitted by the Dept. of Health)
  2. Either a REAL ID ‭(see photo above)
    OR one document that shows your current DC address:

    • Driver’s license (if it has your current address) or District ID
    • Current, unexpired Motor Vehicle Registration
    • Voter Registration
    • Utility bill (not phone) within the last 60 days
    • Current pay-stub that shows the address and DC withholdings
    • A signed lease/deed with your name and signature, your landlord’s signature, DC address, and date
  3. Your electronic recommendation number from your healthcare practitioner

Steps to Complete Your Registration

To Apply or Renew

DC residents must submit an Adult or Minor Patient Application. Required items for the Adult Application include:

  1. Social Security Number or a copy of a sworn affidavit stating lack of one.
  2. One (1) current face photo, 2″x2″.
  3. One (1) copy of their DC DMV REAL ID* OR
    • One (1) proof of DC residency and
    • One (1) copy of government-issued photo ID
  4. A healthcare practitioner recommendation dated within two (2) years of the application submission date if not self-certifying. Applicants 21 years of age may self-certify in lieu of providing a recommendation.

Applications may be submitted:

  • In-Person. (All applicant types)
    • Walk-in registration is available Monday-Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at ABRA’s office inside the Reeves Center located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.
    • Applicants are encouraged to submit their application online prior to visiting the office to expedite processing.
    • Approved applicants will receive a digital and physical registration during their visit.
  • Online. (Adult applicants only)
    • Complete and submit the Adult Patient Application. If self-certifying, select “Self-Certification” under “Certification Type”. If entering a recommendation number, select “Recommendation” and enter the recommendation number and your healthcare provider’s first and last name in the fields immediately below.
    • Applications must be completed in one sitting. Applications cannot be saved and returned to at later time.
  • By Mail.
    • Mail a completed application to ABRA, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.

Valid Period and Fees

Patient and caregiver registration fees are waived through December 8, 2022. Previously paid fees are non-refundable.

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