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A Guide To Washington DC Marijuana Dispensaries | Buying Weed In DC

Updated: Mar 3, 2022


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The DMV area is a weed-friendly region with a lot of weird weed laws. An excellent example of these DC weed laws is the fact that there is no actual DC dispensary that can sell weed for recreational purposes. There are only medical marijuana dispensaries where you can buy weed with a medical card. However, there is also Initiative 71 Shops that gift free recreational weed gifts to both DC tourists and residents. That’s better than a DC dispensary right?


This guide will discuss how. DC dispensary works, the requirements, and where you can get recreational weed in DC.


What Are Cannabis Dispensaries?


Cannabis dispensaries are described as retail stores where marijuana and cannabis-related items can be purchased. This kind of store is usually different from smoke shops which are mainly stores that sell recreational weed.


Unlike California or New York, Washington DC dispensaries are only for medical purposes. Which means these are dispensaries only sell medical marijuana. So it requires all customers to have a medical cannabis card before they can be attended to. Medical marijuana cards from any other state are welcome in D.C. too. Currently, patients from all 33 states with medical marijuana programs can obtain their medicine from one of Washington DC's medical marijuana dispensaries. However the process to get a medical card is long and may take awhile before you’re able to get your hands on some bud.


But there's still a way to get recreational weed in DC.


Is There Recreational Dispensaries in DC?

Unfortunately, there is technically not a recreational dispensary in DC. And as stated earlier, medical dispensaries need you to meet certain requirements. But there are Initiative 71 shops that are kind of like replacements for recreational dispensaries in Washington DC. Let me explain.


Initiative 71 shops are smoke or head shops that offer cannabis products to their customers as a free gift for purchasing an eligible item from their store. The plus side: I-71 Shops like The Green Room don't require a medical marijuana card to get recreational weed. All you need is a 21+ state-issued ID and cash payment. You can read more on the DC weed laws here.


How To Get Medical Marijuana in DC?


Medical dispensaries require patients to present a medical marijuana card before they can be prescribed medical cannabis. Getting a medical marijuana card is often a stressful process. Here are the steps;


  1. Get Qualifications from a Medical Practitioner: You will need to reach out to a medical practitioner to determine whether you are qualified to get one and the medical conditions you need them for.

  2. Register With the Health Department: After your medical practitioner has examined you and confirmed your condition. You will register with your state's health department.

  3. Receive the Card: After the previous requirements are met, you will be asked to wait for about a month to receive your card via mail. An MMC usually costs around $100.


How to get medical marijuana in DC

What If I Don't Meet the Requirements?


If you don't meet the requirements needed for a medical marijuana card, there are other ways to get cannabis in DC. As a matter of fact, this is the easiest and most preferred way; i71 Shops. You don't need to have any condition or a medical marijuana card to get weed from a smoke shop. However, you should be careful as there are Initiative 71 Shops that operate illegally and sell very low-quality weed.


How to Get Recreational Weed in DC


Green Room DC is one of the leading smoke shops in Washington, D.C. We take pride in gifting premium quality cannabis to our guests while complying with the Initiative 71 provisions. Note that free weed gifts come with eligible CBD purchases.


We offer 3 different methods of ordering:

Here's how to get free weed gifts:

  1. Browse our online menu

  2. Select your FREE weed gift

  3. Purchase an eligible CBD product

PS: Don't forget to bring your 21+ state-issued ID and cash payment.


We are also a highly rated and reviewed smoke shop with a 4.6-star rating on google reviews. Here are some reviews by our customers;


The green room DC reviews

"The Green Room is my absolute go to shop in D.C. Such a friendly staff who are always so helpful in recommending menu items to exactly what you're looking for. I always find they have quality products and great deals. Definitely recommend visiting and bringing friends along too!"

"In my experience the staff at the Green Room have been knowledgeable and accommodating. The Green Room sells products of the highest quality. In addition, they offer a free rewards program. I would go back again anytime. Thank you for everything you all do!"

Looking to get FREE Weed Gifts in Washington DC? Visit The Green Room on 11th & U Street. See our Online Menu to see what gifts are in stock. Have questions about Initiative 71 or getting weed in D.C.? Call (202) 817-8021 to speak to one of our Green Experts today.


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