Washington D.C. legalized medical cannabis in 2010, through the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to obtain, use and possess medical cannabis with a physician’s written certification for the treatment of a state qualifying condition. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture, process, transport and sell medical cannabis.
When to Apply
WASHINGTON D.C. MEDICAL CANNABIS LICENSES
The Washington D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that will eliminate cannabis business licensing caps, providing tax relief to operators, further promoting social equity and creating new regulated business categories such as on-site consumption facilities and cannabis cooking classes.
The Medical Cannabis Amendment Act also makes permanent a temporary self-certification policy that’s been in effect, allowing adults 21 and older to become medical cannabis patients who can buy cannabis from dispensaries without receiving a doctor’s recommendation.
50 percent of all new retailer, internet retailer, courier, cultivation center, and manufacturer licenses are reserved for social equity applicants. Regulators must make applications available for new licensees no later than May 1, 2023.
Medical Cannabis Dispensary: An entity licensed by the ABRA to acquire, manufacture, process, transport, supply and dispense medical marijuana to qualifying patients and caregivers.
The application fee for a dispensary license is set at $8,000.
The Dispensary License Application period in Washington D.C. has not been announced yet.
Medical Cannabis Cultivator: An entity licensed by the ABRA to cultivate, prepare manufacture, process, package, sell and deliver medical marijuana to Washington D.C. licensed dispensaries.
The application fee for a cultivation license is $8,000.
The Cultivation License Application period has not been announced yet.
HOW TO START A CANNABIS BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON D.C.
To obtain a marijuana business license in Washington D.C., you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, you will need the following marijuana business documents:
- Business Plan
- Financial Plan to include Application Expenses, Pre-Opening Expenses, and 5 Year Pro Forma
- Inventory Control Plan
- Security Plan
- Recordkeeping Plan
- Patient/Customer Education Plan
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