District of Columbia Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016
District of Columbia Medical Marijuana Card
Amendment Act B18-622, AKA the “Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010“, establishes a medical marijuana program to “regulate the manufacture, cultivation, distribution, dispensing, purchase, delivery, sale, possession, and administration of medical marijuana and the manufacture, possession, purchase, sale, and use of paraphernalia. The Program shall be administered by the Mayor. The law requires that all medical marijuana patients MUST register with the District of Columbia Department of Health and receive a medical marijuana card, otherwise known as a cannabis card or pot card.
HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
- First, you need a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in District of Columbia — *Find a certified
- To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
- HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer, or any other condition, as determined by rulemaking that is, chronic or long-lasting;
- or is debilitating or interferes with the basic functions of life; and is a serious medical condition for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial, that cannot be effectively treated by any ordinary medical or surgical measure, or for which there is scientific evidence that the use of medical marijuana is likely to be significantly less addictive than the ordinary medical treatment for that condition.
- Patients may also qualify by undergoing any of the following medical treatments: Chemotherapy; radiotherapy; the use of azidothymidine or protease inhibitors; or any other treatment as determined by rulemaking, whose side effects require treatment through the administration of medical marijuana in the same manner as a qualifying medical condition.
- Patients must be 18 years of age, and be a District of Columbia resident.
- Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition —
- Patients are required to register with the District of Columbia Department of Health. Registration is mandatory.
- The patient registry application fee is $100 for new and renewal applications. For patients on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance, or low income, the fee is $25, with the appropriate documentation.
- Submit applications to: Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Website: District of Columbia Medical Marijuana Program