District of Columbia

Both recreational and medicinal marijuana are legal in the District of Columbia. For recreational use, the law limits the amount an adult may possess to 2 oz and limits the amount of plants that one can grow to 6, though only 3 plants can be flowering at one time. It remains illegal to buy, sell, or consume marijuana in public places or to drive under the influence of THC. Additionally, possession of more than 2 oz of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $1,000, while possession of any form of concentrate appears to be illegal. 


D.C. residents who are over the age of 21 and enrolled in the district’s medical marijuana program are allowed to purchase and possess 4 oz of marijuana or “the equivalent of four (4) ounces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form” within each 30-day timeframe. Physicians who maintains a license in good standing to practice medicine in DC are allowed recommend marijuana. This includes MDs, DOs, APRNs, dentists, physician assistants (PAs), and naturopathic physicians. The law allows the attending physician to recommend marijuana for any condition they deem debilitating.


Patients from other jurisdictions can purchase marijuana in one of the district’s medicinal dispensaries if they are enrolled in a program in their home state.


For more information, please see the website for the district’s medical marijuana program: https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/medical-marijuana-and-integrative-therapy.

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