Washington, D.C. Medical Marijuana Laws


Washington, District of Columbia — On November 3, 1998, 69% of D.C. voters approved Initiative 59. Congress blocked the implementation of the law until December 2009. The D.C. Council then put the law on hold temporarily and enacted amendments to it, B18-622. The revised law went into effect in late July 2010, and regulations were issued on April 15, 2011. A few modifications were made in 2011. In 2014, the council approved temporary and emergency legislation (which does not require Congressional review) to expand the law. The law is codified at District of Columbia Official Code § 7-1671.13 et seq.

Qualifying for the Program: To qualify for an ID card, a patient must have a qualifying condition and physician’s recommendation that medical marijuana is necessary for the patient’s treatment. The physician must be licensed in D.C., have a bona fide relationship with the patient, and have responsibility for ongoing treatment of the patient.

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