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Medical Cannabis Business Licenses

ABCA offers six (6) types of medical cannabis business licenses. Conditional licenses are available.

Applications are only accepted during open periods with the exception of Testing Laboratory applications which are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications are subject to a public comment period and ABC Board approval.

View the available medical cannabis endorsements.

License Type Allowance

Permits the third-party delivery of medical cannabis, medical cannabis products, and paraphernalia on behalf of licensed retailers and internet retailers to eligible patients and their caregivers.

Cultivation Center

Permits the growing of cannabis for sale to licensed Retailers in DC for resale to eligible patients.

Internet Retailer

Permits businesses that do not have a physical location open to the public to sell cannabis and paraphernalia online and by mobile application for delivery to eligible patients.


Permits the processing, packaging, and labeling of medical cannabis products for sale and distribution to licensed retailers and internet retailers in DC for resale to eligible patients and caregivers.


Permits the dispensing of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products to eligible patients and caregivers. Permits Retailers to manufacture, purchase, and sell paraphernalia. Retailers are eligible to request any combination of license endorsements to expand their business operations.

Testing Laboratory

Permits the testing of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products and provides testing results to licensed cultivation centers and manufacturers.

Conditional (available for all license types except Testing Laboratory). 

Provides an applicant of a Courier, Cultivation Center, Internet Retailer, Manufacturer, and Retailer license that does not have a proposed location for up to one (1) year to secure a location and provide ABCA with all required documents and fees.