Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Laws

District of Columbia (DC) Amendment Act B18-622  (80KB) "Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010" -- Approved 13-0 by the Council of the District of Columbia on May 4, 2010; signed by the Mayor on May 21, 2010
Effective: July 27, 2010 [After being signed by the Mayor, the law underwent a 30-day Congessional review period. Neither the Senate nor the House acted to stop the law, so it became effective when the review period ended.]
Approved Conditions: HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer, other conditions that are chronic, long-lasting, debilitating, or that interfere with the basic functions of life, serious medical conditions for which the use of medical marijuana is beneficial, patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Possession/Cultivation: The maximum amount of medical marijuana that any qualifying patient or caregiver may possess at any moment is two ounces of dried medical marijuana. The Mayor may increase the quantity of dried medical marijuana that may be possessed up to four ounces; and shall decide limits on medical marijuana of a form other than dried.
Any amount misdemeanor 6 months $1,000
Eligible for probation with first conviction, dismissal of charges upon completion.

Sale or Cultivation

  • Any amount felony 5 years $50,000 
  • Within 1000 feet of school or other specified area felony double penalty double penalty
  • Sale to minor  felony double penalty double penalty
  • Miscellaneous (paraphernalia, license suspensions, drug tax stamps, etc...)
  • Paraphernalia possession misdemeanor 30 days $100
  • Paraphernalia sale misdemeanor 6 months $1,000
  • Paraphernalia sale to a minor felony 8 years $15,000
  • Any conviction can result in suspension of driver's license, 6 months - 2 years.


Possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. First time offenders are eligible for probation and dismissal of the charges upon successful completion of the probation contract.

The cultivation, sale or delivery of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. If the distribution occurs within 1000 feet of a school, pool, playground, arcade, library, youth center, or public housing or if the distribution is made to a minor the penalties can be doubled.

Upon conviction of a drug offense, the offender's driver's license can be suspended from six months to two years.

The possession of paraphernalia is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine. The sale of paraphernalia is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 unless the sale is made to a minor, in which case the penalty increases to a possible eight years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

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