For many, it must seem ironic that Washington, D.C. – capital of the United States and home of many of central government’s institutions – has legalized marijuana for recreational and medical use for those aged over 21 (or 18 for medical patients). Meanwhile, many states (D.C. is of course a Federal district, not a state) have vastly different laws. Well, “So it goes”, as Vonnegut would write.
Yet this does not mean that marijuana is not heavily restricted in the District of Columbia. Though it is legal to carry up to two oz. (56g) and grow up to six plants (three mature at a time) for recreational purposes, there are strict laws surrounding marijuana use in public. Furthermore, these restrictions apply even to private clubs, so cannabis is pretty much restricted to home usage, unlike in Colorado, Spain or Holland.
To add even more to the confusion, though pot is legal to grow and use on private property, there is no way for recreational users to buy from a commercial retailer. Only dispensaries are allowed to sell marijuana, and to buy flowers, edibles, concentrates and more, you need a Medical Marijuana Card to buy from one.
For anyone from Washington, D.C. who’s looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Dr. Frank, online or in-person. If your state offers telehealth, Dr. Frank may be able to consult with your primary doctor or surgeon as well.
For those suffering from ailments, here’s how you can get a hold of a Medical Marijuana Card:
1.See Your Doctor
First and foremost, you need a signed Physician’s Statement from a doctor licensed to practice in the District of Columbia. They will be able to assess your health needs and detail your condition.
2.Do You Have a Condition Requiring Medical Marijuana?
Before a physician can recommend marijuana (remember, they can never truly “prescribe” it), it must be determined whether or not you suffer from a condition listed as a legitimate need for medical marijuana. So far, the conditions are:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Any condition that results in long-lasting, chronic pain or spasms (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy)
- Replacement for opiates post-surgery
- Patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, the use of protease or azidothymidine inhibitors and several others where side-effects can affect the patient’s quality of life
Once one or more of these conditions is confirmed, it becomes a part of your medical record.
3 .Get Applying
Once your condition is confirmed and you have a signed Physician’s Statement recommending medical marijuana, you can fill out the application form and get registered for medical marijuana use with the District of Columbia Department of Health. Filled out application forms must include the following attachments:
- Physician’s Statement
- Photographic I.D. (e.g. driver’s license, passport)
- Proof of residence in the District of Columbia
4. Pay for Your Application
The application fee is $100 for new and renewal applications, or $25 for patients on Social Security disability, Supplemental Security Insurance or other low income programs (proof of this must also be provided).
Completed application forms and attachments must be sent to:
Health and Regulation Licensing Administration
899 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
5. Start Using Your Local Dispensaries
Once you have your Medical Marijuana Card (which can take up to 30 days for the application to be processed and the card sent out), you can start using one of several Washington, D.C.’s dispensaries.
Book an appointment with Dr. Frank today, and see what we can do to help you for medical marijuana in California.