Washington D.C Medical Marijuana Laws
Ballot Initiative 59 was passed by a wide margin of voters in 1998 (69%) but was blocked by city lawmakers citing a congressional ban. The ban was lifted in 2010, followed by the passage of legislation authorizing the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. The creation of a patient registry and dispensary guidelines are still in the works.
- Illnesses: HIV/AIDS; glaucoma; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; cancer; any other condition that is “chronic or long-lasting; debilitating; serious medical condition treatable with marijuana”
- Possession: 2 ounces of usable medical marijuana
- Cultivation: Not allowed under current law
- Dispensaries: Washington, D.C. plans to create as many as eight dispensaries, each limited to growing 95 plants on site at a time
- Caregivers: Must be registered with the District of Columbia and may only help patients obtain medical marijuana (no cultivation)
- Statute: D.C. Code Ann. 7-1671.01 – 7-1671.13