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How To Get Weed in DC

Cannabis is legal in Washington DC but there’s no dispensaries like you’d find in Denver, Seattle, or Los Angeles. When the city passed Initiative 71, a rider was added to the federal spending budget that prevents the District from setting up a similar retail sales program. No worries, baby! I71 still allows adults to possess, grow, and share weed, so in the absence of licensed businesses, a private market of marijuana gifts bloomed to help you get weed in DC. Here, let me show you around!

I71 Weed-Gifting Services

Here’s the list of services that I currently recommend and promote here for high-quality gifts and dedication to customer service:

  • Baked DC: Menu | Review | Website | 202-230-2463
  • Street Lawyer Services: Menu | Review | 202-839-4200 | 409 H St NE Washington DC 20002
  • Exotic Organics DC: Menu | Review | Website | 202-817-6725
  • Peace In the Air: Menu | Review | Website | (323) 744-9333 | 2118 18th St NW Washington DC 20009
  • Bagged Buds: Review | Photos | Website | 202-505-7619
  • Gifted Curators DC: Menu | Review | 202-684-9915 | 2469 18th St NW Washington DC 20009
  • Select Co-Op: Menu | Review | Website | 202-459-1401
  • Green Kings DC: Menu | Review | Website | 202-570-4850
  • Canamelo: Review | Photos | Website | 202-274-0298
  • Lucky Chuckie: Menu | Review | Website | 202-424-8367
  • Athena’s Gifts: Menu | Website | 202-749-0042
  • Lifted Shop DC: Menu | Review | 202-332-8494 | 2622 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC 20001
  • Puff Kings DC: Menu | Website | 202-792-9891
  • Entourage DC: Photos | Instagram | 202-848-8781
  • Heady Club DC: Menu | Review | Website | 202-460-8698
  • Exotic Blooms: Menu | Review | Website | 202-317-9158
  • Hidden Leaf DC: Menu | Review | Website | 202-750-3194

Five Ways to Get Weed in DC

There are five ways to get weed in DC that don’t require a medical marijuana card (if you don’t include growing it yourself). You don’t need to be a DC resident, either! Some brands may offer more than one of these options. I’ve sorted my favorite brands by type and gift availability on the Menu Directory to help you find what you’re looking for fast!

But if you’re like me and nothing but the best marijuana will do, then check out my weekly Reviews instead! Every gift featured is available at the time of posting and has personally been inspected and approved for quality by yours truly.


Storefronts are the closest you’ll get to a dispensary experience without a medical card in DC. These typically do not require an appointment, so you may encounter a line, but you’ll have time to peruse the gift display and ask questions. Often hosted inside a smoke shop or CBD store, but there are exceptions. Lifted Shop DC, for example, is located upstairs from ListenVision Studios at 2622 Georgia Ave NW (open from 12-8pm everyday!)


A Pick-Up is when you meet the brand at a private indoor location, like a hotel room, apartment, or AirBNB, and typically requires an appointment. It’s similar to a storefront otherwise, as you’ll have time to ask questions and check out their selection of cannabis gifts before choosing what you want. 1-2 hours in advance should be enough time to secure an appointment, but setting your appointment the day before is a good idea, especially if you’re tight on time. BakedDC is a popular Pick-Up brand (open from 10am-10pm everyday!)


Delivery brands send your gift to a location of your choice. In my experience, the average time is between 1 and 2 hours, so make sure you’re going to be in one place for at least two hours if you go with delivery- or set an appointment in advance the day before! Also note that they cannot deliver to federal property, like the National Mall. Exotic Blooms is a classic example of a Delivery brand (open 9am-7pm everyday! Text or call 202-317-9158 to make an appointment).


Meet-Ups are like a delivery, but the brand tells you the location, which will usually be in front of a coffee shop or restaurant. This is great for visitors unfamiliar with the city, but you could also just ask a regular Delivery brand to suggest a place to meet. I’m sure most will accommodate that sort of request. Since they’re functionally the same as Delivery, I have included them in that category. Select Co-Op primarily offers Meet-Ups.


Pop-Ups, otherwise known as Events, typically have several brands with table displays of weed gifts set up inside a bar, restaurant, or nightclub. Their frequency has waned as police have raided many such events in recent years. FYI, there’s been a Social Use Ban that went into effect, like, a month after I71 kicked off. Here’s the FAQ I wrote about what you can expect at these marijuana pop-up events.

Getting Weed in DC- Coronavirus Update!

During the ongoing pandemic, some Pick-Ups and Storefronts are offering curbside pick-up instead of letting people inside. Curbside Pick-Up is functionally the same as Meet-Ups, above.

Where Can I Smoke Weed in DC?

You’ve successfully got weed in DC, congrats! Now, where do you smoke it? Legally, you’re not allowed to smoke weed in public. The fine is pretty small ($25) so long as you’re on DC-owned land and not federal land (like the National Mall). But if you’re like me and would rather avoid any potential hassles with Johnny Law on your visit, here’s a few options to consider:

Marijuana Tours

Lucky Chuckie Tours will pick you up and drive you around the Nation’s Capital while you enjoy their flower-infused treats. Book them for a romantic evening with your special someone around the National Harbor, or maybe y’all would prefer drive-thru dinosaurs instead? Get a lift from Lucky Chuckie to the Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Dinosaur Tour on the RFK Stadium grounds! Get stoned and look at dinosaurs, man! Need I say more? RSVP now.

Cannabis Lounges

Visit Lifted at 2622 Georgia Ave NW and rent time in their Hot Box, a private lounge next to their in-house cafe of infused treats. No weed? No problem! Lifted’s I71 storefront is right across the hall. You can book your appointment (in 15 or 30 minute increments) in advance online if you’re on a tight schedule!

420-Friendly Lodging

Planning a longer visit and want a place to stay where smoking weed is explicitly allowed? Go on to AirBNB, then filter by House Rules -> Smoking Allowed. You’ll find several properties from single rooms to entire houses that will welcome traveling stoners with open arms and, in some cases, fat doobies.

What is Initiative 71?

In Washington DC, thanks to Initiative 71, adults 21+ are allowed to:

  • Grow up to 6 marijuana plants, only 3 of which may be mature (“flowering”) at a time
  • Possess up to two ounces in public
  • share up to one ounce with another adult 21+
  • But you can’t sell it
  • And you can’t smoke it in public, either; if you’re caught it’s a $25 fine.
  • (You can actually go down to the station and get your weed back if you’re caught smoking in public with less than two ounces. Strange days, indeed.)
  • This only applies on DC-owned land. Cannabis is still federally illegal and around 30% of DC is federal property, like National Parks & government buildings (map) but also federally-subsidized housing

So the way many I71 marijuana-gifting services get around the restriction on sales is to sell something else, like tee-shirts, hats, juices, digital art, lunchboxes, all kinds of stuff, then give you a bag of buds as a free thank you gift. You do not have to be a resident and you don’t need a medical card!

Still have questions? Here’s the DC Weed Delivery FAQ page.

FYI, there are few other sites out there that can help you find buds, but I can’t vouch for the reliability or quality of anyone not on this site. Should you wish to step off the Gentleman’s lighted path, you can check out,, WheresWeed DC, and Be careful with anyone that asks you to pay using an app or Bitcoin or anything you can’t reverse in advance as a First Time Customer! Rip-offs are rare but it is the Wild West out there, pilgrim.

How to Get Medical Weed in DC

Want to get your hands on lab-tested products? DC’s medical marijuana program started accepting patients for any condition whatsoever thanks to emergency legislation enacted in 2015. They started accepting out-of-state medical cards in 2018. Your Gentleman, naturally, has some opinions:

Maryland’s medical program has been going strong- visit my Ultimate Guide to Marijuana in Maryland for more info! Want more info on getting your medical marijuana card in DC, Maryland, or Virginia? Why, I’ve got a page just for you, my fine friend, step right this way. More reviews? Oh, Beauregard, you flatter me! Right here under the Medical tag.

Grow Your Own Weed in DC

If you consume a lot of cannabis, growing your own is definitely a consideration. A single adult can grow up to 6 plants in Washington DC, only 3 of which can be mature at once (which I presume to mean ‘flowering’). Here’s the rules on growing your own at home. If you do choose to grow, the local head shops and hydroponic shops are a great place to find seeds, sometimes even clones. Check out DC Seed Exchange to find packs from the hottest new micro-breeders!

CBD Shipped to Your Door!

Have you heard about the benefits of a sexy little cannabinoid called CBD and want to try it out yourself? There’s brick and mortar shops opening up all over the city since the last Farm Bill legalized hemp as well as a bazillion online companies that’ll ship to you anywhere in the US.

I really like District Hemp here locally- you can find my reviews of their products here and here. They ship anywhere in the US and they’ve got store locations in DC, Leesburg, and Manassas! Here’s their website.

Get Outta Town!

The Gentleman is also an avid ganja tourist. You can find marijuana reviews here of products I picked up from a Dispensary while traveling in Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and adding more all the time, God bless America.

The #1 source for weed in DC! Discover Initiative 71 marijuana dispensaries, weed delivery services, and cannabis personally curated by GT.

Is Weed Legal in DC? What You Need to Know About the Law

Despite overwhelming support, the status of marijuana is still contentious across the US. New York and New Jersey have both struggled with legalizing weed, even with voter support.

What about Washington, DC? Almost five years after Initiative 71 passed with a landslide, people are still asking, “Is weed legal in DC?”

The simple answer is yes. There’s a lot more nuance to the law than that though, so read on to make sure you don’t get caught up in a tangle of legal red tape.

Is Weed Legal in DC?

As mentioned, the short answer to the question is yes, weed is legal in DC. Initiative 71 proposed letting adults over the age of 21 have up to two ounces of marijuana.

Sounds simple, right? Well, DC marijuana laws are a little bit more complex than that.

One of the first major issues is that while it’s legal to have marijuana, it’s not legal to buy it anywhere in the District. So how do people get weed if no one can legally sell it to you?

The marijuana laws in DC have a clever workaround for this issue. While no one can sell you marijuana, adults over the age of 21 can give each other up to one ounce of marijuana.

This has led to a situation where vendors offer “free” marijuana as a “gift” with the purchase of another good. Some examples have included stickers, raffle tickets, and motivational speeches. Clandestine pop-up markets are popular places for such exchanges.

The DC Medical Marijuana Program

After a long fight Initiative 71 took effect in 2015. It took years for Congress to approve rules around medical cannabis but now the District of Cannabis is in full effect.

In order to get your card the process is pretty easy and can be done online just apply here and you can get approved very quickly. The dispensaries in DC are top notch but the District has just a handful to serve nearly 6,000 patients. People often have to travel from one ward to another.

Medical marijuana patients can purchase up to two ounces of marijuana per month. Since dispensaries tend to have higher prices, many patients have turned to the recreational market.

Weed Pop Up Events

Cannabis events are common are also popular. If you are looking to attend one make sure you sign up for our daily email. They are posted there and on our blog everyday at 1pm. You will need an invite to get the address so text the number on the flyer and tell them 420DC sent you.

Weed Delivery Services

If you are more of a homebody or prefer convenience then delivery is right for you. You can place an order with any of our delivery services without a medical card and save big when you mention 420DC in your order.

Whether you are from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or any other state you are welcome to come to DC, explore and try some of the best cannabis the city has to offer.


Washington, DC marijuana laws also allow adults over the age of 21 to grow their own. A citizen can legally have up to six plants, only three of which can be mature at a time. The plants can only be cultivated in a private residence.

This allows people to get around restrictions on the sale of marijuana. Seeds and immature plants can be “gifted.” Individuals can later transfer up to an ounce of marijuana to another person as a gift.

Marijuana-Related Criminal Offenses

People can still be arrested for crimes related to marijuana. It’s one of the reasons people are still asking, “Is marijuana legal in DC?”

As noted, it’s legal to have up to two ounces. You can still be arrested for possession if you have more than that. You can also be arrested for the sale of marijuana.

There’s also the issue of public consumption. DC allows people to use marijuana on private property, such as in your own home. Use in a public space, such as a park, is a criminal act.

Then there’s the issue of federal law. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level. As such, federal authorities in DC can still arrest people for possession of any amount or use on federal lands.

Federal lands make up a good chunk of DC’s area, so it’s not exactly difficult to be in violation of the federal law.

What about CBD?

Since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, there’s been plenty of talk about the legalization of hemp. With it, many have asserted hemp-derived CBD products are also legal nationwide.

This hasn’t meant people are always in the clear for having CBD products. That’s especially true when federal authorities are involved.

The long and short of it is that CBD products do appear to be legal at the federal level, so long as they’re derived from hemp plants.

Change is in the Air

Many in DC are hopeful that the situation will soon change and full recreational marijuana sales will begin. The first step is creating a framework that allows for the creation of a legal marketplace.

DC’s mayor took this step in May 2019, introducing the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019. The Act clears the path for taxation of sales. It also allows for the licensing of cultivators, manufacturers, and off-premise retailers.

The mayor and her supporters feel it’s important to get these rules in place and create a legal market for recreational weed. The current set up is driving people to illegal sales channels. That, in turn, encourages crime, robs the District of tax revenue, and puts users at risk.

Still, there’s contention about the legality of tabling cannabis sales laws. Federal law prohibits DC from spending money on legalizing recreational weed. Some members of Congress have said that the DC Council’s drafting of the Act is in violation of that law.

There are some signs that change is afoot in Congress itself. In July, the federal government considered new legislation that would allow banks to fund cannabis companies. If the feds are willing to let banks fund cannabis ventures, then discussion of federal legalization may not be far behind.

Get Your DC MMJ Card

Now you know the answer to, “Is weed legal in DC?” is yes. If you want to get your medical card you can start here, the process is very easy. If you’re looking for delivery, events, or even a smoke shop, search our site. We have the information you need to find your new favorite vendor.

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