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Are Medical Marijuana Cards Needed to Buy Weed in Washington DC?

UPDATED: 9/6/22

Marijuana usage has become so mainstream over the past few years it’s hard to remember that it was once considered underground. Seriously, if Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are getting high together on national television, how bad can it really be?

Unfortunately, whatever Hollywood types are doing on your screen is largely irrelevant to congressional types, and they’re the ones who make the laws for the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

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That leaves an old standby, the medical marijuana card, as the safest way to obtain legalized medical weed in the United States, since legalized marijuana use is legal in 42 states. In this post I’ll walk you through the process of getting a medical card, which is, luckily, simpler than ever.

What is a medical marijuana card and why even get one?

A medical marijuana card (also known an MMID or cannabis card) is simply an identification card that allows you to legally purchase, carry, and ingest weed for an approved medical condition. The medical marijuana card also allows registered users to get weed from an approved list of vendors, clinics, and wellness centers.

What are the benefits to having a medical marijuana card in DC?

The most obvious one is that the card protects the carrier from criminal and civil penalties at the state level. This is key in states where only medical usage is legal (hint: that’s the case in most states, even in the ones where weed is decriminalized). But there’s more to getting a medical card than just legality. 

There are other real benefits to being a medical marijuana card holder- access to higher strength cannabis, for one. If you’re in a state that allows medical dispensaries, those dispensaries have to abide by potency limits.

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Having a cannabis card can allow you to bypass those limits. Medical marijuana dispensaries also offer lower cost for medical marijuana patients, a key benefit since cannabis is not currently covered under any insurance plans.

In some states, being a medical cannabis patient can allow you to grow from home, and in higher quantities than recreational marijuana growers. Not to mention the ability to buy weed in any state where it’s legal, largely eliminating effort involved in trying to travel with weed.

That alone makes jumping through the hoops required to get a medical marijuana card worth the effort. 

How to get a medical marijuana card online

The process of securing a medical marijuana card varies state to state, but is fairly simple. To get a medical marijuana card online, You must register with Leafwell and meet with one of their state-licensed providers to get your card.

You dont even need a doctor recommendation. There healthcare providers can approve you the same day. You’ll receive an approval email immediately after your consultation.

Can DC residents get a medical marijuana card

DC residents as reported by NBC News 4. Says, DC residents can now self-certify “While D.C. does accept medical cards from other states, only the city’s residents can self-certify. Patients from other states must still have a medical card to buy at D.C. dispensaries

How to use your new medical marijuana card

This is the easy part. Once you’ve gotten your card, simply present it at a dispensary and shop. You may have to join the dispensary as a member, but from there, you are eligible to purchase any herbal or prepared marijuana remedy.

And since weed is not prescribed, only recommended by doctors who feel that their patients can benefit from ingestion, there’s no set dosage, and patients are left to regulate their own intake of medication.

There are a ton of benefits to getting a medical card, and with the landscape shifting frequently, it’s- for now at least- the gold standard in legal acquisition, so don’t rule it out

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What does having a medical marijuana card in DC allow you to do

There are many benefits to getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Washington DC. Adults aged 21 and older can only purchase:

  • Up to 1 ounce of useable marijuana (the harvested flowers, or “bud”);
  • 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form;
  • 72 ounces in liquid form; or
  • 7 grams of marijuana concentrates

Who can apply for a medical marijuana card?

Adults aged 21 and older can apply for a medical marijuana card

Can you get a medical marijuana card in Virginia?

As of July 1s 2022, medical marijuana users in Virginia will no longer need to present a medical card at a dispensary in order to obtain prescribed products.  According to High Times, the patients must “…Obtain written certification from a health care provider for medical cannabis…

The new law, which officially took effect on July 1st, is aimed at improving the efficiency of the process for patients to obtain medical cannabis in Virginia.” So yes, with a doctor’s note you can now get cannabis in Virginia. The Question is, do you want to pay registration fees?