Washington DC Medical Marijuana FAQ

Medical Marijuana FAQs

Question: What is medical marijuana?

Answer: Medical marijuana is the marijuana which can be used as pain relief medication. With the consent of medical professional and confirmation that the medical marijuana treatment is necessary, the patient and/or the assigned caregiver can purchase marijuana and use it for health benefits.

Question: Which are the states that have regulated medical marijuana use?

Answer: The list of the states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana:
Alaska, Colorado, California, Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Michigan, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Question: Which medical conditions qualify for becoming a medical marijuana patient?

Answer: At present, medical marijuana can be recommended for the following conditions:

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis

If the applicant has any of the above mentioned conditions he/she can start the application process.

Question: How can I become a medical marijuana patient in Washington D.C.?

Answer: The steps below describe how to become a medical marijuana patient:

  • You must be a D.C. resident
  • Your doctor must come to conclusion that medical marijuana is an effective drug to treat your illness but only after trying other known medicines and treatments
  • Your doctor must provide a formal statement to get medical marijuana
  • You need to fill an application provided by the Department of Health and submit it along with your doctor’s statement

Question: What medical treatments qualify to become a medical marijuana patient?

Answer: The medical treatments to qualify a medical marijuana patient are the following:

  • Radiotherapy
  • Use of protease inhibitors or azidothymidine
  • Chemotherapy

Question: Who is authorized to give recommendations on using medical marijuana?

Answer: A licensed doctor in good standing to practice osteopathy or medicine in the District of Columbia may recommend medical marijuana to you if he or she:

  • Has completed a full assessment of your medical history and your present medical condition, including an actual medical examination done not more than three months prior to making the recommendation
  • Is in bona fide doctor-patient relationship with you
  • Makes the statement or recommendation on the basis of his/her evaluation of your:
  • (a) medical history and
  • (b) present medical condition
  • Has responsibility for your ongoing treatment and care, provided that the treatment is not limited to the primary motive of the provision of medical marijuana use or consultation;
  • Accomplished a review of other certified treatments and medications that may give you relief from your medical condition or the side effects of your medical treatments.

Question: Where can I use medical marijuana?

Answer: Medical marijuana can used by a patient only at:

(a) his/her residence, if allowed; or

(b) a medical facility when obtaining medical treatment for a qualifying condition, only if permitted by given medical facility.

Question: Is there any age limit to be a patient?

Answer: No, there is no age limit to be a registered medical marijuana patient.

Question: Where can I obtain medical marijuana?

Answer: You or your caregiver may get medical marijuana only from the dispensary assigned on your registration ID card.

Question: What forms of medical marijuana can I purchase?

Answer: Cultivation centers and dispensaries may deliver medical marijuana in any form as long as it is considered safe. Patients are allowed to inhale, eat or use it otherwise for medical purposes. Medical marijuana will be subject for safety drug testing to confirm quality assurance.

Question: Can I grow my own medical marijuana?

Answer: No, caregivers and patients shall not grow medical marijuana.

Question: Can I buy medical marijuana from street sellers?

Answer: No, patients shall not buy medical marijuana through street sellers.

Question: Can I get medical marijuana from other registered medical marijuana patients?

Answer: No, patients shall not get medical marijuana from another registered caregivers or patients.

Question: Can the Department of Health reject my patient application?

Answer: The Department of Health may reject patient applications if the application is not complete and the applicant fails to provide the asked documentations or information within two months notice. Also if the further investigation proves to Department of Health that the provided information was misleading, false, altered or forged.

Question: How should I act in the dispensaries?

Answer: Caregivers and patients shall not engage in intimidating, abusive, disruptive or threatening conduct while on the campus of a dispensary.

Question: Is my patient registration information confidential?

Answer: The application and supporting information applied by caregivers and patients will be confidential and subject of care of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, as amended, and other applicable privacy privileges and laws.