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Patients—Non-DC Residents  


Non-DC residents may purchase medical cannabis from any licensed Retailer in DC by registering for a temporary patient registration or using their valid patient registration from a U.S. state or territory that has been extended reciprocity.

All temporary patient registrations are digital and may be used immediately upon receipt.


Domestic and international visitors that are at least 21 years of age are eligible.

Reciprocity is extended to patients with a valid patient registration issued by a U.S. state or territory’s program. View eligible jurisdictions.

Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii
Illnois Iowa Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Dakota Utah Vermont *Virginia Washington West Virginia    

* Virginia patients may use written healthcare practitioner recommendations to purchase medical cannabis and medical cannabis products from DC licensed Retailers. Recommendations must be unexpired and on the Commonwealth of Virginia-issued form for medical cannabis healthcare practitioner recommendations and accompanied by a valid Commonwealth of Virginia-issued photo ID with a matching name. U.S. Passports, student photo IDs, and other similar documents do not qualify. This modification was made to address the Commonwealth of Virginia’s decision to allow Virginia patients to purchase medical cannabis from a dispensary with an unexpired valid written certification form issued by a registered healthcare practitioner.

To Apply

For a temporary patient registration, non-DC residents must submit a brief online registration form self-certifying that they will only use purchased medical cannabis for valid medical purposes.

Upon submission, registrants will be emailed a payment link. Payment must be successfully processed before a digital patient registration will be issued by email. Payment links are unique and may only be used once.
Registration, including payment processing and registration issuance, can be completed within 10 minutes.

For reciprocity, non-DC residents must register through the medical cannabis program where they claim residency.

Valid Period and Fees 

Registrants may select from five (5) valid periods. They are:

  1. Three (3)-days
  2. 30-days
  3. 90-days
  4. 180-days
  5. 365-days

View Patient Fee and Renewal Schedule.

Reciprocity is extended to patients through the valid period included on their registration. ABCA does not charge a reciprocity fee.