How Do I Get Weed in DC?

Alright, alright, you know that cannabis is legal in Washington DC, but thanks to a rider added to a budget by those dickheads in Congress, there’s nowhere you can just walk in and buy weed like Colorado or Washington state or California or Alaska or Oregon or…geez. So just how does one get weed in DC? There’s plenty of options, boss! Enter the Gentleman, at your service. I write Reviews of the marijuana people are gifting under Initiative 71! And I keep you informed about gifts you can find right meow under the Now Available tag. FYI, you do NOT need to be a resident to receive gifts a la ganja or go to the events. Oh! If you’re interested, you can read the full text of the law here. I also aggregate local News regarding legalization for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Want to know what’s going on with cannabis where you live? I break it down for ya like cardboard, baby! Subscribe to my newsletter for weekly updates right to your inbox (and the occasional giveaway!)


Ok, so some of my favorite folks are the delivery and pick-up/meet-up brands. Say, do you mind if I Leverage LARP for this part? Yay!

The idea behind staying Initiative 71-compliant is to sell something else and give the ganja as a gift (NOTE- I don’t give legal advice). Just pick a place they can deliver to you, like your hotel or a cafe, but plan on cooling your heels for an hour or two. Some have convenient appointment-setting features (Canamelo), but if pick-up is more convenient for you, there’s several options to choose from (DC Monumental, PuffPuffDC, Green Label Grinders, Dope City Supreme, and that list is growing). Some accept credit cards, which is awesome- I love earning airline miles for smoking weed. I’ve seen a few that take cryptocurrency now, too. Want more? Just click on the Delivery or Pick-Up tags.


If you consume a lot of cannabis, growing your own is definitely a consideration. If you do choose to grow, then you should definitely check out DC Seed Exchange to get your garden started. Here’s the rules on growing your own at home.


The Gentleman has partnered with to help you find our local gatherings of the cannabis community. PLEASE BE ADVISED there is a Social Use Ban in place and the raids that started 12/23/17 as I first reported here have continued- check out this in-depth article from WAMU. You might have to pay for a ticket but get some free weed gift like a prerolled joint when you get in. If you want more, just talk to the table vendors. Some of my favorite brands are Butter Nugg CookiesSilly Bees, Acure by Design PlusDistrict Connoisseurs, & Phone Homie. If you want to see more event brand reviews, check out the Event tag. Here’s a guide I wrote about what you can expect at these shindigs. 


Now that you’ve got your ganja, you need a pipe or a vape or a rig or a bubbler or a bong or whatever to smoke it. Visit my sponsor Glass House Gallery DC at 1527 9th St NW to check out their selection of gorgeous and functional American-made glass! Now, how about a sleek wood case to store your favorite herbs? Check out Apothecarry’s line of gorgeous cases. Ooh la la!

If you’re looking for CBD products, every head shop in the city has some. Go nuts, baby! If you’re out in Virginia, check out District Hemp, the Commonwealth’s first CBD store!


Until DC finds a way to allow and regulate recreational sales, you can also get connected to the local cannabis community through social media to find folks donating whatever you’re looking for- seeds, clones, flower, oil, RSO, you name it. Ganjapreneurs looking to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the situation in DC are prominent on Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Mass Roots. Some of these platforms allow for private messaging, but you need to be prepared to reveal yourself online for this to work- I doubt anyone is going to serve a fictitious account you make to protect your identity with a cartoon avatar and three shared memes. HighThere! is another app you can use to meet folks, but without any review system (since it’s ostensibly a dating app), it’s about as sketchy as Craigslist.


Why not get your medical marijuana card? If you’re looking for concentrate, edibles, or vape cartridges, they’re only legal through the dispensaries. DC used to have some of the most stringent regulations on medical marijuana in the country, but thanks to some emergency legislation passed in late 2014, the program was expanded to any and all conditions. That’s right, it’s solely up to you and your doctor to determine if cannabis could be beneficial to you, just as it should be. If you’re a resident, you can join the program. Maryland resident? Maryland’s medical marijuana program kicked off in December! My friends at MetroX MD can help you get your card- send them a message right here on my site and they’ll be in touch to set it up. Pretty schwifty, eh? Eh?

Here’s my review of the different DC dispensaries. Some of the dispensaries will pay for you to get your card, so your only expense is the doctor visit. You’ll get access to a fairly extensive catalog of strains. Prices for flowers aren’t too much higher than the street these days and the quality of some cultivators, like Abatin Wellness, is top freakin’ notch. GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! Reciprocity is here, yay! More details about visiting DC’s dispensaries with your out-of-state medical marijuana card are on this page and you can find my reviews from Maryland’s program right here.