A medical marijuana caregiver in DC is an individual designated by a qualifying medical marijuana patient as the person authorized to possess, obtain, and assist in administering medical marijuana on their behalf. A caregiver is typically designated by a minor or an incapacitated adult. A caregiver can also help a qualified patient transport medical marijuana. However, the medical marijuana must be transported in a container or sealed package bearing the label received from the medical marijuana dispensary. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), which oversees the DC medical cannabis program (MCP), requires persons under the age of 21 to have caregivers with their completed DC MCP registrations.
Medical marijuana caregivers under the DC MCP may be residents or non-residents of the District. Per DC rules, a caregiver may only be designated by one qualifying patient per time. A family member can be designated by a caregiver as long the individual meets the eligibility criteria for medical marijuana caregivers in DC.
In DC, a medical marijuana caregiver is a person who is:
Anyone who intends to register with the DC medical marijuana cannabis program as a medical marijuana caregiver must submit a caregiver application form.
The following will be required to complete a caregiver registration:
Completed applications may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail or in person at:
Medical Cannabis Program
2000 14th Street
Washington, DC 20009
Qualified patients are required to find eligible DC residents or non-residents who may serve as their caregivers. The District does not keep a central registry through which medical marijuana patients may find qualified caregivers. In selecting a caregiver, it is recommended that you choose someone reliable, trustworthy, and familiar with your health needs.
A medical marijuana caregiver in DC can possess up to 2 ounces of dried medical marijuana or the equivalent of this amount of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other approved form. They can also purchase up to 8 ounces of cannabis in any 30-day period. Permitted medical marijuana forms include concentrates, flowers, edibles, seeds, transdermal products, and seedlings. Note that a caregiver may only possess medical marijuana for the sole purpose of assisting in the administration of the drug or product to a qualifying patient.
Although pursuant to Initiative 71, the cultivation of three mature marijuana plants and a total of six marijuana plants is legal for residents aged 21 or older in DC, medical marijuana caregivers are not permitted to grow medical marijuana under the DC medical marijuana program.