How can I get a medical marijuana card and make purchases?
If you live in D.C., you’re eligible to receive medical marijuana for any health condition with the approval of a doctor. If your doctor agrees to recommend marijuana, he/she will have to fill out the official recommendation form available from the Department of Health. Once you have a completed recommendation form, you must apply for a medical marijuana card through the Department of Health. Your medical card will arrive in the mail and you may begin making purchases at the dispensary.
Call us any time at 202-670-4420 if you need help finding a doctor or completing your patient application. We’ll be happy to assist you. Don’t forget to ask about special offers for new patients!
Do you accept medical marijuana cards from other states?
Unfortunately not. Only District residents who are registered with the D.C. Department of Health are permitted to make purchases at this time.
Update: Please note that the rules on out-of-state purchases at D.C. dispensaries are subject to change. The D.C. Council recently passed legislation that could allow reciprocity with other medical marijuana programs in the future. Please click here for more information on possible changes in D.C.’s medical marijuana law.
What should I do if my doctor won’t recommend me?
If you’ve discussed medical marijuana with your doctor and you were unable to obtain a recommendation, send us a message or give us a call at 202-670-4420 and we’ll be happy to assist you with a doctor referral.
Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?
No. Program rules already limit the patient’s allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and product characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.
What medical conditions are covered by D.C.’s medical marijuana program?
The District is among a small number of jurisdictions in the U.S. permitting medical marijuana to be recommended for any condition or ailment a physician deems fit.
Where can I use medical marijuana?
Qualifying patients may only use medical marijuana in their homes or in a medical facility that permits medical marijuana use on site. Medical marijuana may not be consumed at a dispensary.
How will my privacy be protected?
Patient records will be maintained by your doctor and the Dept. of Health. Strict rules protect the privacy of these records, including the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Your identity and patient status in the medical marijuana program may never be disclosed to anyone without your prior authorization. We take patient privacy very seriously are will gladly answer any questions or concerns you have about this important issue.
Is the facility wheelchair accessible?
Yes. We’re proud to be the only dispensary in D.C. with a separate entrance for patients with special mobility needs. We have a wide ramp in the rear of the building and our staff will be happy to assist when you visit. We also have large, comfortable bathrooms designed for ADA compliance.
How do I prove residency in D.C.?
When registering with the Department of Health, patients will have to provide at least 2 of the following in order to establish residency:
- Proof of payment of District of Columbia personal income tax, in the name of the applicant, for the tax period closest in time to the application date.
- Property deed for a District of Columbia residence showing the applicant as an owner or co-owner.
- A valid unexpired lease or rental agreement in the name of the applicant on a District of Columbia residential property.
- A pay stub issued less than forty-five (45) days prior to the application date which shows evidence of the applicant’s withholding of District income tax.
- A voter registration card with an address in the District of Columbia.
- Current official documentation of financial assistance received by the applicant from the District Government including, but not limited to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), housing assistance, or other governmental programs.
- A current motor vehicle registration in the name of the applicant evidencing District residency.
- A valid unexpired District motor vehicle operator’s permit or other official non-driver identification in the name of the applicant.
- Utility bills (excluding telephone bills) from a period within the two (2) months immediately preceding the application date in the name of the applicant on a District of Columbia residential address.
- Any other reasonable form of verification deemed by the Director or the Director’s agent to demonstrate proof of current residency.
What does science say about medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth. Capital City Care is committed to providing our patients with up to date research and important developments.
Where does the marijuana come from?
All medical marijuana is produced in D.C. at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by the Department of Health and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.
Do you have any employment opportunities available?
Yes, we sometimes do. If you’re interested in employment, you may send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Employment Inquiry”. Please note that dispensary staff are not available to discuss employment opportunities by phone.
For additional information about employment in the medical marijuana field, please check out this article in our blog, which includes tips and strategies for job seekers. Thanks for your interest.
Do you offer internships?
We are not currently offering internships.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their state-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, visitors are greeted by a friendly staff who are happy to answer questions about the medicine and to help the patient make decisions based on their individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.
Why should I choose Capital City Care as my dispensary?
Patients in D.C. can only choose one dispensary, and we hope you’ll decide to join us at Capital City Care. Here are a few areas where we stand out:
Quality: We’re proud to be the only dispensary in D.C. that’s also licensed to grow medical marijuana, which enables us to offer the best variety of products and carefully control the quality of our medicine.
Pricing: We believe patients deserve affordable medicine and we’re committed to offering the best prices available in the District. In addition to our low retail prices, we offer regular sales and specials, as well as discounts for seniors, veterans, and low-income patients.
Comfort: Capital City Care is D.C.’s largest dispensary and the facility was carefully designed to create a comfortable experience for our visitors. We’ve got wide halls, cozy seating, beautiful plants and art, spacious restrooms, and a full ramp for patients with mobility needs.
Customer Service: Our staff is friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable. We work hard to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all our visitors and we’ll do everything we can to make your patient experience a pleasant one.
Convenience: We’re centrally located, with close proximity to Metro and bus service so that patients can reach us from any part of town. We also offer private parking for patients in the rear of the facility.
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What forms of payment do you accept?
We understand that cash payment is not always convenient. So we are excited to announce that we do now accept credit card payments from all major credit card companies.
What is a caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who provides basic assistance to a medical marijuana patient. This often involves helping the patient obtain and administer their medicine, but can involve any number of other activities in which the patient may require some additional support due to their medical condition. Under D.C. law caregivers are authorized to purchase medical marijuana for the patient from his/her registered dispensary.
How do I select a caregiver?
Choosing your caregiver is an important decision. You’ll want to select someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and familiar with your health needs. If you’ve chosen someone to serve as your caregiver, you may appoint them on your application form when you register with the Department of Health. The person you choose will have to complete a caregiver application and receive their caregiver identification card.
Can I change my caregiver?
Yes. You will have to notify the Department of Health that you wish to change caregivers. Your new caregiver will need to apply for an identification card and your old caregiver will have to surrender their identification card.
Can my caregiver sample the marijuana?
No. Your caregiver is never allowed to ingest your medical marijuana under any circumstances.
How many caregivers may I appoint?
Each patient may appoint only one caregiver and each caregiver may assist only one patient.
What are the different types of marijuana?
We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some products can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient’s needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms.
How much marijuana should a patient take?
Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite of sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.
Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?
Yes. We have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.
How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?
Patients may purchase no more than 2 ounces within any 30-day period, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time. For more details on how the purchase limit works, please review this article from our blog: