Learn more about marijuana in Washington DC
Is Marijuana Legal in Washington, D.C.?▼
Where Can Marijuana Be Consumed in D.C.?▼
Marijuana cannot be consumed in any of the following places or ways:
- During any task where being under the influence of marijuana would constitute negligence.
- In a vehicle on any road, alley, or parking area
- On any street or alley
- In any park
- Any place reasonably assessed as public, where the public is generally invited
- In a way which can cause harm to yourself or others, including property damage
- In any place where minors under 18 who are not registered medical cardholders may be affected.
The District of Columbia has attempted to allow social marijuana clubs - where consumers could go to use marijuana recreationally, but not purchase the substance. As of March 2017, they remain banned.
While possession has been decriminalized, public consumption - even for medical cardholders - remains prohibited. Misdemeanor criminal charges, fines up to $1,000, and as much as six months imprisonment are the penalties. Additionally, marijuana cannot be consumed at the place it was purchased.
Recreational consumers are similarly unable to consume marijuana in public spaces.
How Do I Get a Job in the Washington, D.C. Marijuana Industry?▼
Anyone wishing to find a job in the D.C. cannabis industry must be 21 or older and not have a misdemeanor for drug-related crimes or a felony of any kind. You will be required to take a certification course, and proof of doing so is required during the application process.
Is Drug Testing for Marijuana Legal in Washington, D.C.?▼
Employers are not required to permit marijuana possession or use on the job and may continue to enforce drug-free workplace policies as they wish, as long as the policy does not discriminate against those enrolled in the program just for being registered.
Is Delivery of Marijuana Legal?▼
Recreational dispensaries are not currently available in Washington, D.C. For the time being, medical dispensaries in D.C. are unable to make deliveries directly to cardholders.
How is Marijuana Paid For at Washington, D.C. Dispensaries? ▼
Marijuana is commonly purchased using cash, a result of the federal prohibition of marijuana on the banking industry. However, some of the dispensaries in Washington, D.C. accept credit card.