District residents 21 and older can now use temporary medical cannabis cards “immediately” after submitting their application


Residents have been able to self-certify need since July 6which means no referral from a medical professional is necessary

Now residents can obtain temporary cards almost immediately after submitting their application and make purchases at a legally licensed dispensary

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The DC Cannabis Trade Association (DCCTA) has announced that DC residents age 21 and older can now purchase medical cannabis immediately after applying for a medical cannabis card, according to the Administration of Alcoholic Beverage Regulations (ABRA).

Once an application is submitted, a temporary registration card is issued that can be used to make purchases at any of DC’s legal dispensaries while an application is pending. Temporary cards are valid for 30 days. Registration fees are currently waived until September 30. To apply, Click here.

DC residents whose applications are subsequently approved will receive a permanent digital and physical recording before their temporary recording expires. The registration number included in temporary and permanent registrations will be identical.

DC residents can also walk into any DC-licensed medical dispensary, apply, receive a temporary card, and make purchases immediately. Below are the four DCCTA-affiliated dispensaries in the district.

Ward 1

Ward 4

Capital city

Takoma Wellness Center

1115 U St. N.W.

6925 Blair Road NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

Washington, D.C. 20012

(202) 292-5071

(202) 465-4260



Ward 2

Ward 8

National Holistic Healing Center

Organic Anacostia

1636 Connecticut Avenue NW

2022 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Washington, D.C. 20009

Washington, D.C. 20020

(202) 234-0780

(202) 845-8574



Purchasing from a legal medical dispensary is the ONLY way to legally buy cannabis in the District of Colombia. It is also the ONLY way to ensure the product is grown and grown locally in inspected facilities. All medical cannabis facilities and grow centers in the District of Colombia comply with ABRA’s high standards to ensure sustainability, hygiene and the production of safe and tested products.

ABRA is currently waiving registration fees via September 30, 2022, meaning no cost to patients. Patients using medical cannabis may purchase up to eight (8) ounces of cannabis over a rolling 30 day period and possess up to eight (8) ounces at any given time.

Non-resident patients may purchase medical cannabis from DC dispensaries if their jurisdiction has been extended to reciprocity and must present their digital or physical government-issued medical cannabis record. Medical cards or documents issued by private companies, even if issued by a medical professional, are not eligible.

The DC Cannabis Trade Association (DCCTA) is a coalition of legally licensed cannabis businesses. For more information about DCCTA, you can visit our website at dccta.org.

For more information on DC’s medical cannabis program, please visit ABRA’s website.

CONTACT: Eric Feldman, [email protected]



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