District of Columbia – Cannabis Legalization

Summary of Marijuana Laws

All qualifying patients in Washington D.C. and their caregivers have access to medical marijuana with the permission of a primary healthcare practitioner. D.C. also offers reciprocity to qualified medical marijuana patients from other jurisdictions.


As of June 2018, DC Health’s Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy Update reports 5,458 registered patients and 45 caregivers registered for the city’s medical program. There are 8 Cultivation Centers and 5 Dispensaries currently addressing the need across this entire market. According to Marijuana Business Daily, whereas in the past the supply of cannabis constrained the dispensaries’ ability to accommodate a growing number of patients, expanded rules allowing patients to purchase medicine at any dispensary (rather than being registered with a single facility) allowed dispensary operators to compete for a small but important market.


The state offers licensing for dispensaries and cultivation centers, according to DC Health’s analysis of patient need and demand.