The Washington DC Cannabis Market

Washington DC is a METRC compliant state. Brytemap specializes in METRC compliance across the nation and understands each states specific nuances making reporting a second thought for cannabis growers, dispensaries and retailers.

Marijuana in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. legalized medical marijuana in 2010, and patients could access it in 2013. Recreational marijuana was legalized in 2014. While medical marijuana can be purchased from dispensaries, the exchange of recreational marijuana for payment or services is prohibited, and there are regulations for a recreational retail licensing system. Therefore, it is common for people to deliver and sell other products at a much higher price (e.g., a $200 T-shirt) and to include a “gift” of marijuana at the same time.

Local authorities in Washington, D.C. can develop zoning restrictions that marijuana businesses must adhere to, and they can limit the number of these businesses operating in their jurisdictions. However, they can not ban medical marijuana businesses.


Children under the age of 18 can use medical marijuana in the District of Columbia as long as they have one doctor’s certification and a caretaker who is approved by a parent or guardian.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Terminal Illness/End of Life Care
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Decompensated Cirrhosis
  • Use of AZT or Protease Inhibitors
  • Anything a doctor thinks would help

Cannabis Use

Medical: Yes

Recreational: Yes

Reciprocity: Yes

Possession Limits: 2oz Medical | 2oz Recreational

Personal Growing Limits: 12 Plants Medical | 6 Plants Recreational


  • Concentrates
  • Edibles
  • Transdermals
  • Seeds/Plants