Washington D.C. legalized adult-use marijuana in 2014, the voter initiative, “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014,” became effective in February 2015. While adult-use marijuana is legal in Washington D.C., there is no regulatory system in place to allow for recreational sales.
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.
For more information about cannabis business opportunities in Washington D.C., see below!
When to Apply
Washington D.C. Marijuana Program Timeline
2010 – Washington D.C. legalizes medical cannabis
2014 – Washington D.C. legalizes recreational cannabis
January 31, 2023 – Washington D.C. passes Cannabis Amendment Act of 2022
May 1, 2023 – Social Equity Application opens for Courier, Cultivation, and Manufacturer licenses
August 29, 2023 – Non-Social Equity application opens for Courier, Cultivation, and Manufacturer licenses
March 1, 2024 – Application portal opens for Social Equity Applicants for Retailer and Internet Retailer licenses
July 1, 2024 – Application portal opens for Non-Social Equity Applicants for Retailer and Internet Retailer licenses
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