District of Columbia Laws

Approved Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Conditions characterized by severe and persistenent muscle spasms
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Patients using azidothymidine or protease inhibitors

Possession by Qualified Patients

  • Permitted to purchase up to 2 ounces of dried medical marijuan per month (or the equivalent of 2 onunces of dried medical marijuana when sold in any other form

Requirements to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card

  • Must be a D.C. resident and show proof of residence
  • Must have a qualifying illness or be undergoing a qualifying treatment
  • Patient’s physician must believe that medical marijuana is a reasonable drug to treat the patient’s symptoms
  • Patient’s physician must believe that medical marijuana is a reasonable drug to threat the patient’s symptoms and only after trying other known medications
  • Patient’s physician must provide a formal recommendation to obtain medical marijuana
  • Must complete an application provided by the Department of Health and submit it along with the physician’s recommendation

Sale, Distribution, Intent to Distribute

  • 6 plants or less (with 3 or fewer mature at any one time) for adults 21 years of age or older in one’s primary residence: no penalty
  • 1/2 lb or less (1st offense): (6 months imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine)
  • Subsequent offense: (2 years imprisonment and/or $5,000 fine)
  • Any amount: (5 years imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine)
Number of Convictions Fines Jail Time Other requirements/
penalties
Additional penalties that may apply
First Conviction $300 fine up to 90 days in jail no info no info
Second convictions (within 15 years of a first conviction) a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 at least 5 days (and up to one year) in jail if convicted of a second or subsequent offense within 15 years of a prior offense: will receive alcohol and drug abuse assessment (and treatment, if necessary) no info
Third and subsequent convictions a fine between $1,000 and $5,000;
if offense occurs within 15 years of a prior conviction: a fine between $2,000 and $10,000
at least 5 days (and up to one year) in jail; if offense occurs within 15 years of a prior conviction: at least10 days (and up to one year) in jail if convicted of a second or subsequent offense within 15 years of a prior offense: will receive alcohol and drug abuse assessment (and treatment, if necessary) A judge may order at least 30 days of community service.
If offense occurs within 15 years of a prior conviction: may be ordered to perform at least 60 days of community service)
Offenses while transporting a minor (17 years old or younger) class 1 felony between 4 and 15 years in prison a fine of up to $25,000 n/a
Sixth and subsequent conviction class X felony between 6 and 30 years in prison a fine of up to $25,000 n/a