The U.S. capital, despite being a city, has its own set of laws. Although the District of Columbia hasn’t led the way in regards to cannabis policy, it has established a comprehensive medical cannabis law and has legalized cannabis for recreational purposes.
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Medical Cannabis in Washington D.C.
The District of Columbia’s City Council unanimously approved the Legalization of Cannabis for Medical Treatment Amendment to legalize medical cannabis in 2010.
Several changes to the law have been made since it took effect. In 2014, the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee announced it would be adding new qualifying conditions and passed emergency legislation to lift restrictions on physicians to make it easier for patients diagnosed with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and epilepsy to quality. In September 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a directive to double the amount of cannabis medical cannabis patients can purchase in a 30-day period to 4 ounces.
On November 1, 2016, the D.C. Council unanimously passed B21-0210 to allow registered nurses, physician assistants, dentists and naturopathic physicians to recommend medicinal cannabis and to require that an independent laboratory test all cannabis. The bill also includes a provision that allows patients to purchase cannabis from any dispensary rather than being limited to one.
There are currently 5 medical cannabis dispensaries and 8 cultivation centers operating in Washington D.C. Licensing of dispensaries is operated by the Washington D.C. Department of Health.
Medical cannabis can be approved for any debilitating condition as long as recommended by a DC licensed doctor.
You can find the Washington D.C. Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program website here.
Recreational Cannabis in Washington D.C.
As of February 2015, the D.C. Council legalized the recreational use of cannabis by adults 21 years of age and older. Under the law, individuals can now possess up to 2 ounces without being arrested. In addition, people may also grow up to 6 plants in their homes for personal use.
It’s important to note, however, that Washington D.C. continues to prohibit public possession and the use of cannabis on federal land, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of the D.C. area. Cannabis sales remain illegal, but the D.C. Council is considering a bill that would regulate and tax cannabis sales, similar to laws in Colorado and Washington State.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Washington D.C.
Under the District of Columbia’s recreational cannabis law, adults ages 21 years and older can personally cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants within their residence. In a home with multiple adults, residents can grow up to 12 plants, and 6 of those can be mature.