Washington DC Medical Marijuana Card Renewal

Renewal For Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Card Online

How to Renew Medical Marijuana Card in Washington DC in 2024


Complete the relevant form: Complete the Adult Patient Application Form or the Minor Application Form and tick the “Renewal” box under the “Application Type".


Gather the application items: Your submission to the ABCA must include a healthcare provider referral or recommendation (required for minors but optional for adults), proof of DC residency, current face photograph (2”x2”), copy of government-issued photo ID, caregiver application (optional), application fee, and income verification if requesting a reduced renewal fee


Submit your application: Submit the application form and required items by email to ABCA.CannabisInfo@dc.gov using "Patient Application" as the subject of the email. Alternatively, make your submission in person or by mail to:

Medical Cannabis Program
2000 14th Street NW
Suite 102A
Washington, DC 20009

Does Washington DC Allow Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Online?

Yes, the Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Commission (ABCA) accepts and strongly recommends online applications for cannabis patient registration renewal via the Adult Patient Application Portal. Documents required for uploads are listed on the online portal, and upon submission, an applicant will receive an email confirming the receipt of their application. The ABCA will review the application, and where no document or information is missing, the applicant will receive an email with a temporary digital registration document. The temporary registration can be used to purchase medical marijuana, effective immediately for up to 30 days while the ABCA continues its review.

Once a Washington DC medical cannabis patient registration renewal is approved, the ABCA will email the applicant a permanent digital registration and mail a permanent physical registration to the patient's address. Patients can use their physical and digital registrations interchangeably at Washington DC licensed retailers facilities.

How Often Do You Have to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card in Washington DC?

A medical cannabis patient registration in Washington DC is valid for two years and must be renewed at expiration.

Do You Need a Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Doctor in Washington DC?

Marijuana patients younger than 18 need licensed healthcare provider's recommendations to renew their medical cannabis registrations in Washington DC. On the other hand, adult patients aged 21 years and older can self-certify their cannabis patient registrations during renewal. Licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, naturopathic physicians, and physician assistants all qualify to recommend qualifying patients for medical cannabis patient registration renewal in Washington DC.

Washington DC Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Cost

Washington DC medical marijuana card renewal fee (patient registration renewal) is listed in ABCA's Medical Cannabis Patient and Facility Fee Schedule. Typically, registered patients pay a $100 fee for registration renewal. However, patients who are current Medicaid or DC Alliance beneficiaries or low-income earners may qualify for a fee reduction set at $25. DC Alliance or Medicaid recipients must provide evidence of membership to be eligible for a fee reduction. Similarly, low-income earners must submit one of the following documentation verifying their total gross income alongside their completed application:

  • A copy of their worker's compensation benefit statement or Social Security
  • A statement of earnings within the previous 30 days of filing their renewal application
  • Proof of alimony or child support received
  • Any other document the ABCA Board considers reasonable proof of the applicant's current income

Medical marijuana patients in Washington DC can pay their registration renewal fee via certified check, money order, or cashier's check made out to “DC Treasurer”. Alternatively, they can make their payments by credit card or authorized paylink.

Where to Do Medical Marijuana Card Renewal Near Me in Washington DC

In-person or mail application for a cannabis patient registration renewal in Washington DC should be submitted to the ABCA office at:

Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration
Reeves Center
2000 14th Street, NW
Suite 400 S
Washington, DC 20009

Can I Use a Medical Marijuana Card from Another State in Washington DC?

Yes. Washington DC allows non-DC residents aged 21 years or over with valid medical marijuana cards from certain states to purchase medical cannabis when visiting the state. However, they need to complete the temporary patient registration under the Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Program by submitting the Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Application to the ABCA. The registration costs $30 and is valid for 30 days from the date the application is submitted to the ABCA. A Non-DC cannabis patient registration is issued as a digital registration sent to the applicant's email.

As of early 2024, Washington DC has extended medical cannabis reciprocity to cannabis patients with valid medical marijuana cards issued by the following states/territories:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Since April 15, 2023, medical marijuana patients from Virginia have been allowed to purchase medical marijuana and medical cannabis products from Washington DC licensed retailers using written recommendations by licensed physicians. However, such recommendations must be valid, issued on the Commonwealth of Virginia form for medical cannabis physician recommendations, and accompanied by valid Virginia-issued photo IDs. The name on such written documentation must match those on the patient's ID.

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