The Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration maintains a list of medical marijuana doctors and healthcare professionals approved to recommend medical cannabis to qualifying patients in Washington DC. If you are under the age of 21, you must schedule an appointment with one of these practitioners to obtain a medical cannabis recommendation before using medical cannabis in DC.
Yes. If you have not yet reached the age of 21, you must obtain a healthcare provider recommendation to use medical cannabis in the district. To obtain the recommendation, you must visit or schedule an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor or healthcare professional authorized to recommend medical cannabis.
However, if you are a qualifying patient aged 21 or older, DC rules allow you to self-certify your medical cannabis program application form instead of receiving a healthcare provider recommendation. In that case, you do not need to see a medical marijuana doctor.
Healthcare practitioners who meet the specific criteria outlined by the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration may recommend medical cannabis use to patients in DC. Some of the requirements include that the practitioner must:
Healthcare practitioners registered in the Washington DC medical cannabis program are listed in a searchable roster to help eligible patients locate practitioners authorized to make medical cannabis recommendations. Note that updates are made to the roster biannually.
You may use the Washington DC medical marijuana doctor list provided on the Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Administration website for healthcare practitioners in your area who can recommend medical cannabis. The list contains names, physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of authorized medical marijuana doctors in DC.
Yes. Pursuant to specific requirements stated in the DC Telemedicine letter issued by the Mayor in March 2020, medical marijuana doctors may schedule patient appointments via telemedicine. Patients typically prefer telemedicine appointments as the time required to obtain a recommendation to use medical marijuana is shorter.
A medical marijuana doctor in DC may not recommend more than 8 ounces of dried medical cannabis to a qualifying patient. Medical cannabis retailers will not sell more than 8 ounces of dried cannabis to a patient in a 30-day period.