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How To Get Your Medical Marijuana Card In DC

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, over 5 million people in the United States utilize the benefits of Medical Cannabis every year. Medical Cannabis has been shown to help sufferers of chronic conditions to get back to the pain-free lives they deserve to have. If you are suffering from a chronic condition or pain and medication just isn't cutting it anymore, you need to visit us at KINFOLK. We can help you get started on your journey by walking you through the Medical Cannabis Card application process.

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How to Apply For or Renew a Medical Cannabis Card

Medical cannabis in the District, legalized by the passage of the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010, allows DC residents, including minors, to be prescribed, purchase, possess, and use cannabis to treat a diagnosed qualifying medical condition or related side effect.

Whether you are getting your card for the first time or renewing your existing medical marijuana card, the process is the same. Once you complete all 3 steps below, it usually takes around 1 month to receive your card from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

Step 1

Get a Medical Cannabis Recommendation

You can use your personal physician if they have been approved by the ABRA to recommend medical cannabis (marijuana). If not, you can book an appointment with a trusted doctor below.

Book an appointment today.

Step 2

Submit an Application to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

A complete application consists of a patient application, headshot, photo ID, and 2 proofs of DC residency. If you would like the low-income discount, you must also provide proof of your low-income status.

Step 3

Pay the ABRA Application Fee

The application fee is $100 for regular income patients and $25 for qualified low-income patients. The fee must be paid along with a money order, cashier's check, or certified check. ABRA does not accept credit/debit cards, cash, or personal checks.

The Steps for Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card

Step 1: Booking a Doctor’s Appointment

KINFOLK offers several medical cannabis-recommending doctors to choose from. All of these options cost around 50% less than any other provider of medical cannabis recommendations in Washington, DC. Click on one of the providers below to schedule a visit, see the times available, forms of payment as well as the cost and method of evaluation:

Step 2: Submitting Your Application

Applications can be submitted online or with a paper application. We highly recommend submitting your application online, as ABRA will process your application about 1 week faster.

Online Submission (Recommended)
Get Your Documents Ready
  • The electronic recommendation number given after your doctor’s appointment in Step 1
  • A headshot (photo of yourself from the shoulders up) on a clear background, without glasses or anything covering your hair. Example headshot.
  • A photo ID issued by the DC, federal, or other state government. If you have a valid DC driver’s license with your current address, it can also be used as a proof of residency.
  • 2 proofs of DC residency. List of Accepted Documents on Application Note: Your 2 proofs cannot be of the same type (such as a power bill and cable bill).
  • Proof of low-income status (optional)

The copies of these documents submitted should be clear and easy to read. You can take a picture of them with your phone(okay), use a mobile app such as CamScanner(better), or use a scanner/copy machine(best).

Submit your application
Once you have all your documents ready, click the appropriate button below based on who gave you a medical cannabis recommendation to submit your application. If you went to the Brightwood/Georgia Ave location, choose Physician. If you went to the H Street/Union Station location, choose Advanced Practice Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner.


After submitting your application, you will then receive a confirmation email from ABRA. Save and/or print this email.

Please note you are not done after submitting your application. You must still pay your application fee.

Paper Application

You can download and print the paper application here, or stop by Kinfolk Dispensary and we will give you a paper application to fill out.

To submit your application, visit Kinfolk Dispensary during business hours with the following documents:

  • The electronic recommendation number given after your doctor’s appointment in Step 1
  • A headshot (photo of yourself from the shoulders up) on a clear background, without glasses or anything coving your hair
  • A photo ID issued by the DC, federal, or other state government
  • 2 proofs of DC residency. Your 2 proofs cannot be of the same type (such as 2 utility bills). They must be different from one another.
  • Proof of low-income status (optional)

To save a trip, make sure you also bring your ABRA application fee ($100 regular income, $25 qualified low income) in cash when you visit Kinfolk.

Once we have your payment and all of your documents, we will drop off your completed application to the ABRA.

Step 3: Paying the ABRA Fee

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration application fee is $100 for regular income patients or $25 for qualified low-income patients. ABRA does not accept cash or personal checks.

There are 2 ways to pay your application fee:

On Your Own

To apply online (quickest method), select the category of healthcare professional that has made a medical cannabis recommendation for you. Before starting an application, gather all the required documents specified in the instructions. Applicants cannot save their progress. Hard copy applications are available at the bottom of this page.

If you submit your application online, you will get an email that contains a payment link once your application has been approved. Simply click the link and use a credit or debit card to pay your application fee online.

By Dropbox
Applications may be uploaded via Dropbox.

By Mail
All registration and permit fees must be paid by certified check, money order, or cashier’s checkpayable to the DC Treasurer. Get a money order from your neighborhood liquor store or 7-Eleven.  Fees must be paid at the time an application is submitted.

Mail the certified check, money order, or cashier’s check to the following address:

2000 14th Street, N.W. 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Delivered by Kinfolk

If you have filled out a paper application, stop by KINFOLK anytime during business hours with your paper application, supporting documents, and the application fee ($100 or $25) in cash.

We will then deliver your complete application to ABRA.

Congratulations, you’ve now finished the application!
ABRA generally takes about 1 month to send your medical cannabis card by mail. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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