Medical Cannabis Patient 21+ Self-Certification Guidance


Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

July 6, 2022

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law the Medical Marijuana Self-Certification Emergency Amendment Act of 2022.

Effective immediately, DC residents who are at least 21 years of age or older may self-certify on their patient application (submitted to ABRA) that they will only use cannabis purchased from a DC licensed dispensary for medical purposes in lieu of securing a recommendation from their healthcare provider.

Qualifying DC residents may use the self-certification option by applying:

  1. In-person, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to submit an online application prior to their arrival to expedite processing. Hard copy applications are available onsite. Approved applicants will receive their physical and digital registration during their visit. ABRA is located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009. This is the quickest way to receive a physical and digital registration.

  2. Online. DC residents may complete and submit the “Adult Patient Application”. If self-certifying, select “Self-Certification” under “Certification Type.
  3. By mail. Mail completed applications to ABRA, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 102A (First Floor), Washington, DC 20009.

Patient and caregiver registrations remain free of charge through August 18, 2022. Registrations issued through September 30, 2022, are valid for two-years from the date of issuance.

Program details, application forms, and licensed dispensary locations are available on ABRA’s website.

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