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Medical marijuana has long sparked debate among professionals from a variety of fields. In fact, it elicits strong reactions from policymakers, scientists, researchers, doctors, and the general public alike.
But as long as the dosage is controlled and the consumption schedule is guided by a doctor, medical marijuana treatment has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of many serious conditions. Nonetheless, although many patients have confirmed the numerous advantages of medical marijuana, some Americans remain wary of the drug.
Many doctors in Washington D.C. provide medical marijuana card evaluations. Here, we'll debunk some medical marijuana myths and show you how to find a dispensary in your area. We'll also address some frequently asked questions and provide a resource for finding medical marijuana doctors in Washington D.C.
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What is Medical Marijuana?
The term "medical marijuana" refers to the use of the cannabis plant as a medication. Chronic pain, anxiety, and depression are all conditions that can be treated with it. Medical marijuana has also been shown to help with sleep and inflammation.
Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in medical marijuana. These are substances that interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, which regulates a wide range of functions, including pain, appetite, and mood.
Medical marijuana comes in a variety of strains, but they all contain the same active ingredients. The effects of each strain will differ depending on the person.
Medical marijuana patients can use medical marijuana in a variety of ways. Smoking is the most common way to consume it, but it can also be vaporized, eaten as edibles, applied as a topical cream, or taken as a tincture or concentrate.
Medical Marijuana Laws in Washington D.C.
In Washington D.C., adult-use medical marijuana possession and consumption are legal. Cardholders with qualifying conditions are allowed to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use under the law. Patients who meet the criteria can also have up to six plants in their home, three of which must be flowering at any given time. Even if you have a D.C. medical marijuana card, it is still illegal to buy or sell marijuana in the district.
Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Program
The application process for a medical marijuana card in Washington D.C.'s medical cannabis program is relatively straightforward. Patients must first gather the necessary documentation, which includes proof of residency in Washington D.C., a government-issued photo ID, proof of a qualifying medical condition, and a completed application form. The patient application form can be downloaded from the D.C. Department of Health's website.
Once you've gathered all of the necessary documentation, you'll need to submit it to the Department of Health, along with a $100 non-refundable application fee.
You can appoint a designated caregiver to submit an application on your behalf if you are a minor (under 18 years old) or otherwise unable to do so yourself.
If your application for a medical marijuana card is approved, you will be given a one-year card. In order to continue using medical marijuana, you must renew your card every year.
Washington D.C. Public Consumption Laws
Public consumption of marijuana is illegal for both registered patients and recreational users. You cannot use cannabis anywhere that is open to the public, including parks, businesses, or other communal spaces.
You cannot consume cannabis in medical marijuana dispensaries or other medical facilities. You cannot consume adult-use cannabis in a vehicle while it is in motion or in a car parked on the street either.
Washington D.C. Cannabis DUI Laws
Washington D.C. has a zero-tolerance policy for impaired driving. A driver is legally impaired if a law enforcement officer observes that their ability to operate a motor vehicle is altered. There is no legal intoxication level and no exception for medical marijuana patients.
First offenses are punished by up to a $300 fine and 90 days imprisonment. Subsequent offenses are subject to harsher punishments, including a minimum $2,000 fine, a minimum of 10 days imprisonment, and a two-year suspended license.
Medical Marijuana in Washington D.C.
Medical marijuana is available in Washington D.C. for a variety of medical conditions. It's crucial to talk to your doctor about your symptoms because some chronic ones that don't respond to medical treatment may qualify you for Washington D.C.'s medical marijuana program.
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Washington D.C. Qualifying Conditions
Some such conditions include:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain and fibromyalgia
- Crohn’s Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette’s Syndrome
How to Find a Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Doctor
You can find a medical marijuana doctor in Washington D.C. by going to the District of Columbia Department of Health's website ( http://doh.dc.gov/) and clicking on the "Medical Marijuana" link. This will take you to a page with a list of authorized healthcare practitioners in the District of Columbia who are registered to prescribe medical marijuana.
You can also use an online directory, such as the one provided by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) ( http://norml.org/), to find medical marijuana doctors in Washington D.C. You can search for doctors by city and state using NORML's online directory.
You'll need to schedule an appointment for an evaluation once you've found a medical marijuana doctor in Washington D.C.
Where Can You Buy Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana?
There are currently seven licensed cannabis dispensaries in Washington D.C. Under the District of Columbia’s cannabis laws, they are the only retailers who legally sell regulated marijuana. Products from other vendors are unsafe synthetics or CBD-only products.
You can visit any state-licensed dispensary you want to buy weed for your own personal use. The facilities that operate under the D.C. medical marijuana program are as follows:
- Anacostia Organics on Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE
- Cannabliss on Sheriff Road, NE
- Capital City Care on U Street NW
- Herbal Alternatives on Rhode Island Avenue, NW
- KINFOLK Dispensary on Massachusetts Avenue, NW
- National Holistic Healing Center on Connecticut Avenue, NW
- Takoma Wellness on Blair Road, NW
D.C. dispensaries sell flowers, prerolls, vape cartridges, topical applications, gummies, capsules, edibles, concentrates, extracts, and tinctures.
Frequently Asked Questions
You'll need to provide some basic information, such as your name, date of birth, and address, to apply for a medical marijuana card. A copy of your driver's license or state ID will also be required. You will also need to show proof of residency in Washington DC. A copy of your lease, mortgage, or utility bill, as well as a voter registration card, can be submitted for that purpose.
Finally, a written recommendation from a licensed physician will be required.
Cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and epilepsy are some of the qualifying conditions for a Washington D.C. MMJ card. To be eligible for a medical cannabis card, D.C. residents must obtain written certification from a licensed healthcare provider.
A prospective MMJ patient in Washington D.C. must see a physician who is certified to provide medical marijuana recommendations. A primary care physician, a specialist, or even a chiropractor or naturopath could be that person for you. Before they can certify you, your physician must complete a four-hour training course and exam on medical marijuana.
MMJ cards in Washington D.C. are valid for one year from the date of their issuance to new patients.
If you live in another state, you can apply for a Washington D.C. MMJ card. However, you will still need to show proof of residency in Washington D.C.
Medical dispensaries can be found throughout Washington D.C., as well as in neighboring states such as Virginia and Maryland. The nearest licensed dispensaries will most likely be in your neighborhood, so do your homework online to find them. On the District of Columbia Department of Health website, you can find a map of all of the dispensaries in Washington D.C.
Patients can use medical cannabis at home, in designated smoking areas at businesses, and at some festivals and events in Washington D.C. They are not allowed to use marijuana in public or while driving.