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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in DC


Washington DC recently made changes to their medical cannabis program, and patients 21 and older may now self-certify without a doctor's recommendation.

Submit Your Application

Visit the DC Health website to submit your patient application and pay any required fees.

Receive Your State Card

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a temporary registration you can use to purchase cannabis right away while the state reviews your application. Your physical card will arrive in the mail once approved.

Why get a medical cannabis card in Washington DC?
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The federal government is currently blocking adult-use cannabis sales in D.C. Having a med card is the only way to legally buy cannabis.
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D.C. med card holders can possess up to 8 ounces compared to 2 ounces for adult users without an MMJ card.
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Med patients receive legal protections that aren’t available to consumers without a med card.
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There currently are no legal options for purchasing adult-use cannabis in D.C. A med card gets you access to the District’s range of legal products.
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Qualifying conditions in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. does not have a list of qualifying medical conditions. Instead, the District leaves the recommendation up to the discretion of the medical professional recommending medical cannabis. Medical professionals can recommend medical cannabis for any condition they feel it will be beneficial in treating. Washington D.C. also allows adults 21 and over to certify themselves for medical cannabis.

How to be a medical cannabis caregiver in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. allows medical cannabis patients to designate a caregiver to help them purchase, administer, and cultivate their cannabis. The District requires patients under 18 to register with a caregiver. In Washington D.C., caregivers must be over 18 years-old and can only care for one patient at a time. 

Caregivers must register through a patient’s registration. Patients can designate a caregiver in their initial application or when renewing their card. They can also add a caregiver to their registration at a later date. Caregivers must fill out a form to be uploaded by the patient through D.C.’s online portal.

The registration fee for caregivers is $100, but that fee has been temporarily waived through April 2023. The rules waiving the application fee may be extended.

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How to register for a med card in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. recently made it easier for adults age 21 and older to register for their medical card. Patients can now self-certify on the DC Health website and no longer need a doctor's recommendation (though many patients may still wish to speak with a qualified practitioner to help them understand products, dosage, and how cannabis can support the treatment of their condition).

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How to renew your med card in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. requires patients to renew their registration every 2 years. It’s always a good idea to renew at least a year early to ensure that your access to cannabis doesn’t lapse.

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We are a team of cannabis and technology professionals focused on connecting you with state-licensed doctors. We believe all people deserve access to medical cannabis if they think it might improve their quality of life. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve held ourselves and our partners to the highest standards to ensure every patient we serve is able to access reliable cannabis information, trustworthy medical practitioners, and proactive updates on the cannabis healthcare ecosystem and legislation that may affect their experience as a medical cannabis patient.


Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or thinking of becoming a first-time medical marijuana patient, our network of doctors will listen to your needs and give you an honest opinion about whether they think cannabis can help. Billed only if approved.

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Frequently asked. Frequently answered.

  • All Washington D.C. residents are eligible for medical cannabis, and temporary residents can apply for a temporary medical card. Patients under 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian to serve as a caregiver and need a medical professional’s recommendation. Patients 18-20 will need a medical professional’s recommendation to register. All adults over 21 can certify themselves for medical cannabis in Washington D.C.

  • Washington D.C. does not have a list of qualifying medical conditions. Instead, medical professionals can recommend cannabis for any condition they feel it might be beneficial in treating. Adults over 21 can self-certify for medical cannabis as well.

  • Yes! If you’re over 21, you can certify yourself for medical cannabis in Washington D.C. Patients under 21 will need to get a physician to recommend medical cannabis, but they can recommend it for any condition that may benefit.

  • Washington D.C. is something of an interesting case. The federal government is blocking the sale of adult-use cannabis in the District. So, while adult-use cannabis is legal, there’s no legal way to purchase cannabis in the city. However, medical cannabis sales are up-and-running. So, the only way to legally purchase cannabis in D.C. remains a medical cannabis card.


    Having a medical cannabis card grants patients access to any of the state’s licensed dispensaries. A medical cannabis card also allows patients to possess more cannabis than recreational users. Medical patients can possess up to 4 ounces of cannabis on their person or up to 8 ounces of cannabis total. Recreational users can only possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis.

  • NuggMD isn’t available in Washington D.C. just yet. When it is available, NuggMD will offer some of the most competitive rates for medical cannabis evaluations in the District. Once you have your recommendation, you’ll need to pay the state’s $100 registration fee (if the rules waiving the fee aren’t renewed before they expire in April 2023).

  • As long as cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, even for medical purposes, it’s highly unlikely that any insurance company will cover the cost.

  • NuggMD does currently not offer its services in Washington D.C. The state can take up to 30 days to process your application and issue your card.

  • With NuggMD, you are ONLY charged for your evaluation if you are approved. We believe everyone deserves access to a qualified medical cannabis doctor, and the cost of an evaluation shouldn’t be a barrier.

  • You'll only be charged if you're approved for your medical marijuana certification. If not, your evaluation is free! Once you've been certified, a refund for services will no longer be available. If you sign up and pay for your evaluation, but then cancel before your evaluation, there is a small $10 fee for the payment processing. Please send an email to with the subject line “Refund Request” and a brief description of your issue. We want to make sure you're 100% satisfied with your purchase being that you, the customer, are the most important thing to us! Once a refund has been initiated, please allow 3-5 business days for the funds to transfer back to the card you used for the transaction. A refund is no longer available more than 30 days after the date of your evaluation. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach back out for further assistance.

  • NuggMD does not currently offer its services in Washington D.C. When our services are available, patients will be able to meet with one of our qualified practitioners to discuss their medical cannabis needs.

  • This depends on the state to which you’re traveling. Each state has different rules regarding reciprocity, and some don’t allow it at all. Check with your destination state to learn more.

  • Washington D.C. allows you to use another form of photo ID, like a passport or military ID, along with another document proving your D.C. residency, like a lease or bank statement.

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