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Patients—Non-DC Residents  


Non-DC residents may purchase cannabis from any licensed dispensary in DC by registering for a temporary patient registration valid for 30-days or using their valid patient registration from a U.S. state or territory that has been extended reciprocity. 


Domestic and international visitors that are at least 21 years of age are eligible to apply for a Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Registration. 

Reciprocity is extended to patients that have a valid patient registration issued by their respective U.S. state or territory’s program.

Eligible jurisdictions include:  

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

* Virginia patients may present a valid Virginia-issued registration or an expired Virginia-issued registration with a Virginia healthcare provider-issued recommendation dated within one calendar year of the purchase date effective July 1, 2022.  

Valid Period and Fees 

Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Registrations are valid for 30-days from the date an application is submitted. Temporary registrations automatically expire after 30-days. An individual may only be issued one (1) temporary registration per 30-day rolling period. The fee for each temporary registration is $30. 

Reciprocity is available to individuals with valid patient registrations from eligible U.S. states and territories on an ongoing basis. ABRA does not access a fee or require registration.  

To Apply

Applicants seeking a temporary registration must complete an easy two-step process. Applicants must first submit the Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Application. Upon submission, applicants will immediately be emailed an online payment link to complete their registration. Patients will promptly receive a digital registration once payment is completed that may be used immediately. 

Patients extended reciprocity do not need to apply to ABRA but must maintain an active patient registration through their state or territory’s program. Patients with expired registrations may apply for a temporary Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patient Registration.  

Of Note

  • Non-DC Resident Medical Cannabis Patients will only be issued a digital registration that will be sent to the email included in their application. 

  • Non-DC residents must present a valid digital or physical patient registration and a government-issued photo ID at the dispensary. 

  • Patients may purchase up to 8-ounces of cannabis within a 30-day rolling period.