How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in DC

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a doctor through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Consult with a doctor for 10-15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. If you have medical records for your condition(s) please upload them.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

  • STEP 2:


    After the doctor approves you, you will receive a "Patient ID." You'll use this number to register with the DC DOH to complete your application online or in person. Alternatively, you just go to your local dispensary and they'll help you complete the state application.

    Every patient will need to prove DC residency for their application to be accepted by The District.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you are approved and registered with the DOH, you'll wait for your card to come in the mail in 2-3 weeks. You can then begin buying cannabis from any dispensary in DC.

    Every DC patient will need to be re-certified annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

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About Cannabis in DC

The DC Department of Health, referred to as the DOH MMP, enacted changed medical marijuana regulations back in 2014 which allowed medical dispensaries to begin receiving licenses to dispense medical marijuana in DC. The department of health has approved 5 medical cannabis dispensaries to operate.

In 2015, the Washington Legislature passed SB 5052, the Cannabis Patients Protection Act (CPPA), establishing official state regulations for the production, possession, sale and use of medical marijuana. Medical cannabis patients are allowed to purchase up to three times the current limits for recreational adult-use marijuana. Only cannabis patients in the authorization database, who have medical marijuana ID cards can purchase products free of sales and use taxes.

The law allows adults 21 and older to purchase in a single day: up to one ounce (1 oz.), or 28.35 grams, of usable marijuana; 16 ounces, or 453.59 grams, of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form; 72 fluid ounces, or 2.13 L, in liquid form; and 7 grams, or a quarter-ounce (0.25 oz), of cannabis concentrates.

Medical patients may purchase and possess 3 ounces of usable marijuana, 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Spasticity disorders
  • Intractable/Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Anorexia
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury

Becoming a Medical Cannabis Patient in DC

To become a medical marijuana patient in Washington D.C., it’s a three-step process. First, you book an appointment with a Veriheal doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition. Once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed MMJ doctor. Lastly, once you are approved for medical marijuana in DC, you can buy medical marijuana in Washington D.C. dispensaries.

The DC Department of Health referred to as the DOH MMP, enacted changed medical marijuana regulations back in 2014 which allowed medical dispensaries to begin receiving licenses to dispense medical marijuana in DC. The department of health has approved 5 medical cannabis dispensaries to operate.

While DC is home to medical marijuana products and MMJ dispensaries, there are also many tourist attractions in the nation’s capitol. Many residents like to visit the city of DC and view the new Waterfront built, aka The District Wharf, and also the monuments on the National Mall. The Smithsonian Museums bring visitors from all over the world to view the historic artifacts in all of the museums. Some of the most popular attractions being the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress.

Registering a Caregiver in DC

Patients who require assistance obtaining or using medical cannabis may designate a caregiver. They are required to choose one (1) dispensary from which a designated caregiver can purchase medical cannabis. Caregivers must be at least 18 years old and may only provide care for one (1) patient. Approved caregivers can purchase medical cannabis at their patient’s designated dispensary, as well as possess, transport, and administer their patient’s medical marijuana once purchased.

  • Complete a Caregiver Application Form.
  • Complete a criminal background check.
  • Provide two demonstrating proof of Washington DC residency.
  • Payment of a $100 application fee.

Growing/Cultivating Cannabis in Washington D.C.

Legalized marijuana growing in DC is one of the many steps towards legalization that the district has made. It also has an active medical marijuana program that approves the use of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for any debilitating condition.

While this was a big step for the district, the law did not allow home cultivation. Patients were required to purchase their marijuana from approved dispensaries, limiting access to those in pain. Luckily, things have changed and any adult can possess and grow a certain amount of marijuana legally.

Possession/Use Limits

It is legal for a person who is at least 21 years old to:

  • Possess two (2) ounces or less of marijuana;
  • Transfer one (1) ounce or less of marijuana to another person who is at least 21 years old, so long as there is no payment made or any other type of exchange of goods or services;
  • Possess marijuana-related drug paraphernalia that is associated with one (1) ounce or less of marijuana;
  • Use marijuana on private property.

The maximum amount of medical marijuana any qualifying patient or caregiver may possess at any time is four (4) ounces or the equivalent of four (4) ounces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form.

Grow Limits

It is legal for a person who is at least 21 years old to cultivate within their residence up to six (6) marijuana plants, no more than three (3) of which are mature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Washington, DC to become a medical marijuana patient in DC?

Yes. You need to be a resident in Washington D.C. and show two proofs of residency.

How do I qualify for medical marijuana in Washington D.C.?

To qualify for medical marijuana in DC you must be at least 18 years of age, have two proofs of residency, and have one of the qualifying medical conditions.

What is the first step to getting a DC medical marijuana card?

The first step is to meet with a DC doctor registered to recommend you for medical cannabis.

How can I find a registered physician?

We provide the DC physicians for you. The most difficult part of the process has usually been trying to find a practitioner who will approve you that is registered with the DC Medical Marijuana Program.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Sign up using the form at the top of this page and we can get you approved in no time!

How do I prove DC Residency?

DC driver’s license, DC motor vehicle registration, DC voter registration; Utility Bill (not phone), Paystub that shows your address and DC withholdings; Mail from DC government with financial contributions or benefits on it; Lease or deed with your name and address on it; Tax documents with dc income shown; For students: a signed letter from your dormitory stating that you live there for the current semester

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

No, you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Program. And for that, we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.

Does chronic pain qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes, it does! DC allows people with Chronic Pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

What are the qualifying conditions?

Any condition qualifies. There are a broad range of symptoms which qualify that the doctor will approve. Ultimately, any chronic or debilitating medical condition will be approved. Most generally fall under the following categories: Anxiety Depression Insomnia Migraines Allergies Issues Sleeping Chronic pain PTSD

Does Chronic Pain qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes, it does! DC now allows people with Chronic Pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

What is the Cost?

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed Maryland practitioner registered with the MMCC, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

How do I submit an application after I am approved by the doctor to get a medical marijuana card?

Once you have received your recommendation, you can simply get to the dispensary of your choice and they will assist you in applying. You can call them before you arrive to see exactly what to bring.

Where are the dispensaries in DC? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the District. You can see a list of DC dispensaries here.

Once I get my card, what type of medicine can I buy from DC Dispensaries?

DC has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your DC cannabis card, you get access to: Dry Flower, Tinctures, Oils, Concentrates, Topicals, Edibles

Does Veriheal operate in other states?

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

Places to Visit in DC After Enjoying Your Medicine

Washington, D.C. itself is full of attractions, and it’s surrounded by dozens of charming destinations, many of which are no further than two and a half hours away by car. Many of these destinations are ideal for families, but they’re just as well suited to romantic vacations and corporate retreats. There’s something to suit every interest, from beautiful parks and beaches to unique museums to monuments overflowing with historical significance.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, Monticello is a former tobacco plantation that was the primary residence of the third President of the United States. Jefferson began working on the home when he was only 26 years old and continued to work on the structure until he passed away in 1826. Jefferson’s burial place is on the grounds in an area now known as the Monticello Cemetery. Visitors to Monticello can choose from a number of tours of the house and grounds, including a family-friendly tour, a sunset tour, and a special behind the scenes tour.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Established as a National Monument in 1961, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park was created to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. In the mid-1800s, the canal connected the communities along the Potomac River and was used to transport coal, wood, and various other agricultural products. Today, the park offers a 184.5-mile towpath used for biking and hiking as well as a number of campsites that include fire pits, water pumps, picnic areas, and latrines. Seven visitor centers can be found in the park as well, and hours vary according to the season.

Antietam National Battlefield

Located along Antietam Creek, Antietam National Battlefield is a National Park Service protected area that was the site of a savage battle during the American Civil War in 1862. The on-site Visitor Center is open year-round, and it contains a number of museum exhibits as well as a theater and a gift shop. Daily interpretive talks are given by park rangers all throughout the year, and during the summer, expanded versions of these talks are offered. Other places of interest around the battlefield include the Antietam National Cemetery, the Pry House Field Hospital, and the Dunker Church.

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