One of the most common questions we hear is, “Is marijuana legal in DC?” The short answer to this question is, “Yes, it is.” But we are going to cover the long answer today and answer a few other popular questions we get on a regular basis as well about marijuana in DC.
There are so many amazing health benefits from medical marijuana, but there is often confusion and frustration in understanding what is and is not allowed with cannabis in DC. There are many limitations on who can purchase marijuana, where it can be purchased from, and how much can be in someone’s possession at one time. There are other limitations for those visiting DC with a medical marijuana card. Knowing which states have legalized not only medical marijuana but recreational marijuana is so important when traveling for your health. So let’s answer a few of these questions so you can be better prepared when getting your medical marijuana card in DC or visiting DC in the future with a medical marijuana card from out of state.
Is Recreational and Medical Marijuana Legal in DC?
Medical marijuana was legalized in DC in November 2014 and went into effect February 2015, joining the list of other states who had already legalized marijuana. This was a huge step in helping those with medical needs who can benefit from the pain relief marijuana can bring them. Those who have a medical marijuana card may purchase cannabis within the limitations the DC government has put in place. Recreational use of marijuana is not legal in DC. This is something to note whether you live in DC, live nearby or plan to visit soon. While many other states allow recreational use of marijuana or marijuana cards from other states, DC currently only accepts medical marijuana cards from sixteen other states with a functionally equivalent medical marijuana program.
Who Can Buy Medical Marijuana in DC?
Anyone in possession of marijuana must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid DC medical marijuana card. The only exceptions are legal caregivers who can provide assistance or retrieve medical cannabis for those who physically can not get the marijuana on their own or are under age. Cannabis users can have up to four ounces of marijuana in their possession at one time.
Eleven states have now legalized medical and recreational marijuana: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. Twenty-two states have legalized medical marijuana: Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maryland. Every year more states are added to one of these lists, and we look forward to the day when every state has legalized marijuana so that everyone can take advantage of the amazing healing benefits of cannabis no matter where you live or travel.
Medical marijuana cards from other states with a functionally equivalent medical marijuana program are allowed in DC. These states are: Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Montana, Oregon, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Washington. Recreational use or medical marijuana cards from other states where marjiuana is legal but not on the list above are not permitted in DC.
Where Can You Get Medical Marijuana in DC?
You can find medical marijuana at many local dispensaries in DC. Finding one that provides the products you need, is near your home or workplace, and can help answer questions about flavor, strength, and uses are so important when choosing a dispensary. Always make sure you feel comfortable in the dispensary and can ask for help any time you need it. Your health is important and should be treated as such, and so should you. Of course we recommend our favorite dispensary in DC, Herbal Alternatives, but no matter which dispensary you choose, it should be right for you and your health needs.
Are There Different Ways to Use/Take Cannabis?
Cannabis comes in different forms to provide options for those using it. Every person is different, and we all have different ways we prefer taking marijuana, so having options helps everyone get the benefits of medical marijuana in the way that works best for them. Medibles are marijuana edibles that can be taken in food or drink and are a subtle way to take cannabis while out and about. Flowers are the most natural and common form of cannabis and can be rolled and smoked as needed. Pre-rolls are flowers rolled for you to save time rolling marijuana and are usually preferred in the comfort of your own home. Topicals are applied directly to the skin for sores or pain relief. Concentrates can be taken straight or rolled, allowing you to eat it or smoke it. The choice is up to you.
For even more information about medical marijuana in DC, visit our FAQ page or contact our dispensary during normal operating hours. Every person at our dispensary has a personal history with medical marijuana and can help with any needs or questions you may have. We are always happy to help you find exactly what you are looking for or suggest something new the next time you are in our dispensary. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you find the medical marijuana that best suits your health needs.