Amendment Act B18-622(80KB) "Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010" -- Approved 13-0 by the Council of the District of Columbia on May 4, 2010; signed by the Mayor on May 21, 2010|
Effective: July 27, 2010 [After being signed by the Mayor, the law underwent a 30-day Congessional review period. Neither the Senate nor the House acted to stop the law, so it became effective when the review period ended.]
Approved Conditions: HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis; patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or using azidothymidine
or protease inhibitors.
Possession/Cultivation: "Patients are permitted to purchase up to two (2) ounces of dried medical marijuana per month or the equivalent of two ounces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form." ("Patient FAQ," doh.dc.gov, May 2013)
Updates: On Apr. 14, 2011, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the adoption of an emergency amendment (450 KB) to title 22 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), which added a new subtitle C entitled "Medical Marijuana." The emergency amendment "will set forth the process and procedure" for patients, caregivers, physicians, and dispensaries, and "implement the provisions of the Act that must be addressed at the onset to enable the Department to administer the program." The final rulemaking (800 KB) was posted online on Jan. 3, 2012.
On Feb. 14, 2012, the DC Department of Health's Health Regulation and Licensing Administration posted a revised timeline for the dispensary application process (180 KB), which listed June 8, 2012 as the date by which the Department intends to announce dispensary applicants available for registration.
The first dispensary, Capital City Care, was licensed in Apr. 2013.
Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
Patients and caregivers "may only obtain medical marijuana from the
dispensary designated on your registration identification card and may
not: (a)grow or cultivate medical marijuana); b)purchase medical
marijuana through street vendors; or (c) obtain medical marijuana from
other patients and caregivers." ("Patient FAQ," doh.dc.gov, May 2013)
Patient Registry Fee:
$100 initial or renewal fee /$25 for low income patients