District of Columbia Cannabis Laws

Medical & Recreational Marijuana

Medical and recreational marijuana are both legal in Washington, DC. However, their marijuana laws only license medical marijuana establishments to grow, manufacture, and sell marijuana products legally. Commercial sale of recreational marijuana is strictly prohibited.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is responsible for licensing and regulating all medical marijuana establishments.

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CBD & Hemp

CBD and Hemp is federally legal in the United States, but the laws in Washington DC for both CBD and Hemp remain in legal gray area.

The state has no licensing requirements for retail stores to sell CBD products as well as no centralized guidelines for farmers and producers of CBD and hemp products, so you will need to check with the local jurisdictions to see whether they allow any CBD or hemp businesses within their borders or not. You’ll need to look up and verify those details yourself or with our help via a Starter Package.

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