Q1. HOW DO I BECOME A REGISTERED DC MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT?
Give our office a call at 1-844-My-Marijuana or use our online scheduling system to make your appointment. You must be a DC resident to be a registered medical marijuana patient and to get your medical card. We will schedule you an appointment to see one of our compassionate physicians who are credentialed and qualified to make recommendations to the DC Department of Health for medical marijuana. We will meet you at your physician appointment and help you complete your application. Once your application is complete, we will file it with Department of Health on your behalf. The whole process takes about two to three weeks. See below for specifics on what to bring with you to your appointment.
Q2. HOW DO I PROVE DC RESIDENCY?
You must be a DC resident to get your medical card. In order to prove residency, you need to bring two of the following with you to your appointment:
Proof of payment of District of Columbia personal income tax, in the name of the applicant, for the tax period closest in time to the application date
A property deed for a District of Columbia residence showing the applicant as an owner or co-owner
A valid unexpired lease or rental agreement in the name of the applicant on a District of Columbia residential property
A pay stub issued less than forty-five (45) days prior to the application date which shows evidence of the applicant’s withholding of District income tax
Voter registration card with an address in the District of Columbia
Current official documentation of financial assistance received from the District Government including, but not limited to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, the State Child Health
Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), housing assistance, or other governmental programs
A current motor vehicle registration in the name of the applicant evidencing District residency
A valid unexpired District motor vehicle operator’s permit or other official non-driver identification in the name of the applicant
A utility bill (excluding telephone bill) from a period within the two (2) months immediately preceding the application date in the name of the applicant on a District of Columbia residential address
Any other reasonable form of verification deemed by the Director or the Director’s agent to demonstrate proof of current residency
Q3. WHAT CONDITIONS QUALIFY FOR A MEDICAL CARD?
Licensed physicians may recommend medical marijuana as a treatment for any debilitating condition as they see necessary. This includes, but is not limited to, HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, seizures, cirrhosis, wasting, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, PTSD, anxiety, stress and many more.
Q4. HOW DO I GET A PHYSICIAN RECOMMENDATION?
We have a network of physicians that work with us. We schedule you an appointment with one of these physicians based on availability. Our doctors see our patients at least three days per week. Give our office a call at 1-844-My-Marijuana or use our online scheduler to make your appointment.
Q5. WHAT ARE THE FEES?
Unfortunately, insurance does not cover medical marijuana appointments in DC. The fee for the physician recommendation is $150 CASH. If you make your appointment online, there is a $25 down payment/registration fee and then you will bring the remaining $125 CASH to the physician appointment.
There is a separate application fee to the Department of Health that needs to be paid when your application is submitted. This needs to be in the form of a money order made payable to “DC Treasurer.” The regular fee is $100 money order. If you qualify for low income or have Medicaid, the fee is reduced to $25 money order.
If you do not have the money order at the time of your appointment, you can still get your physician recommendation. However, you will need to take your application to Department of Health yourself once you complete your application.
Q6. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
After we have scheduled your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email of the location and a list of everything to bring with you. Please bring the following:
Government issued photo ID
Two proofs of residency (see above for approved proofs of residency)
$150 cash payment for physician recommendation (or $125 if registered online)
$100 money order made payable to “DC Treasurer” (or $25 money order for low income or Medicaid patients)
Q7. HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
Plan to be at the physician’s office for approximately one hour. After the recommendation is submitted and your application is complete, it takes approximately two to three weeks to get your card in the mail. If you do not have a complete application (including application, ID, two proofs of residency, and money order), it will postpone the wait for your card.
Q8. WHERE DO I GET MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
Currently, there are five operational dispensaries in Washington, DC and several in MD. In order to visit any of these dispensaries you need a valid medical marijuana card and to be a member of one of the five dispensaries. Your medical marijuana card will have the address of the dispensary you selected on your application.
Q9. CAN I VISIT MULTIPLE DISPENSARIES?
No. Patients are required to select one dispensary. You select this on the DOH application with the help of our consultants. You may not purchase from any other dispensaries or enter any other dispensaries. If you decide to switch dispensaries after your application is submitted there is a fee and application that needs to be submitted again to the Department of Health, so it is very important you choose the right dispensary for your needs.
Q10. HOW DO I CHOOSE A DISPENSARY?
Our consultants will help you select your dispensary based on your needs. There are currently five dispensaries to choose from in DC. Many patients select their dispensary based on location to their home or work, current menu/supply and special offers. Research the dispensaries prior to your visit or we can help look at their menus with you at the doctor’s office.
Q11. HOW MUCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAN I PURCHASE?
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. (Applies to Washington, DC)
Q12. WHERE CAN I USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
Patients can use medical marijuana in their residence or in a medical treatment facility as permitted by the medical facility.
Q13. IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT TO BECOME A PATIENT?
No, there is no minimum age to be a registered medical marijuana patient. Our patients range from children who suffer from epilepsy to the elderly who have very rough side effects from taking their prescription medication and successfully seek medical marijuana as an alternative treatment.
Q14. IS MY PATIENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Applications and supporting information submitted by patients and caregivers will be confidential and subject to the protections of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, as amended, and other applicable privacy laws and privileges.