Obtaining a Medical Card in DC

DC residents needing to renew a medical cannabis card or those without a card

  • Upon submission of an application, applicants receive a temporary digital registration that allows them to purchase cannabis for up to 30 days while their application is under review by ABCA.
  • DC residents under 21 are required to visit a healthcare practitioner for a recommendation.
  • DC residents 21 or older may choose to self certify without seeing a healthcare practitioner.
  • Registrations are valid for up to six years from the date of issuance
  • There is no fee at this time
  • Online applications are strongly recommended but applications may be submitted in person, mailed or emailed to using “Patient Application” as the subject.
  • Parents or guardians of minors (17 years of age must submit a “Minor Medical Cannabis Patient Application” that includes a healthcare recommendation number and an identified registered caregiver.

Adult Patient Application


Minor Medical Cannabis Patient Application




Out of state resident with a medical cannabis card

Reciprocity is extended to patients that have a valid patient registration issued by their respective U.S. state or territory’s program. Eligible jurisdictions include:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California (state card only – no physician certifications), Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia

Patients may purchase up to 8-ounces of cannabis within a 30-day rolling period.

Out of state or international resident without a medical cannabis card

  • New Options for On-the-Spot Cards! Non-DC residents can choose from five valid periods when registering for temporary medical cannabis cards. They are: 3 days-$10, 30 days-$20, 90 days-$50, 180 days-$75, and 365 days-$100
  • Applicants seeking a temporary registration must complete an easy two-step process. Applicants must first submit the Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Application. Upon submission, applicants will immediately be emailed an online payment link to complete their registration. Patients will promptly receive a digital registration once payment is completed that may be used immediately.
  • Please do not complete the application more than once. If you do not receive a payment link, or a registration, please contact and we will assist you in contacting ABCA. We recommend you do this during the week before you visit the dispensary, so if you have any concerns we can be in touch with ABCA while they are open.
  • If you are applying for another month of the Non-Resident Visitor’s Pass, you will need to complete another application and receive another payment link. Please do not use your first application and payment link.
  • Patients extended reciprocity do not need to apply to ABCA but must maintain an active patient registration through their state or territory’s program. Patients with expired registrations may apply for a temporary Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Registration.
  • Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patients will only be issued a digital registration that will be sent to the email included in their application.
  • Non-DC residents must present a valid digital or physical patient registration and a government-issued photo ID at the dispensary.

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