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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 | 202-905-2330 | 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 | Shrooms!
  • 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 | Shrooms!
  • 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

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!)

Pick-Ups

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

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

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

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.

How Do I Get Shrooms in DC?

The District of Columbia just passed Initiative 81 which makes entheogenic plants like psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and ayahuasca the lowest priority for law enforcement. It does not decriminalize/legalize these substances, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it! Exotic Blooms has added One Up Chocolate Mushroom Bars to their menu and Green Kings has a few options, too. Expect more to come!

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 city, the National Harbor, or visit Butler’s Orchard for a day of apple-pickin’ and hay rides, along with some of Lucky Chuckie’s signature edibles.

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 420dc.com, LeafedIn.org, WheresWeed DC, and Marijuanas.org. 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.

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

Weed in D.C. — what’s legal, what’s not

February 26, 2015, 10:28 AM

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WASHINGTON — As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia.

Here’s information provided by the D.C. Government on what is legal and illegal under Initiative 71 — the ballot initiative that was approved by D.C. voters in November 2014.

A: 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Q: What is legal under Initiative 71 and D.C.’s Marijuana laws?

A: It is legal for adults 21 years of age or older to:

  • Possess 2 ounces or less of marijuana;
  • Grow within their primary residence up to six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature;
  • Transfer 1 ounce or less of marijuana to another person as long as: (1) no money, goods, or services are exchanged; and (2) the recipient is 21 years of age or older; and
  • Consume marijuana on private property.

Q: What will the law still prohibit?

A: Even with the enactment of Initiative 71, it will remain a crime for anyone to:

  • Possess more than 2 ounces of marijuana;
  • Smoke or consume marijuana on public space or anywhere to which the public is invited;
  • Sell any amount of marijuana to another person; or
  • Operate a vehicle or boat under the influence of marijuana.

Q: What is the impact of Initiative 71 on persons under 21?

A: Anyone under 21 years of age is still prohibited from possessing any amount of marijuana. If marijuana is found in the possession of a youth under 21, police will seize the marijuana. If the person has more than two ounces, the person can also be arrested.

Q: How will Initiative 71 apply to federal property in the District?

A: It doesn’t. It will continue to be illegal to use marijuana in public anywhere in the District of Columbia. Under federal law, federal law enforcement officers may arrest anyone in the District for possession of any amount of marijuana.

Q: Is D.C. going to become like Amsterdam?

A: No, our law allows home use by adults 21 and over. Marijuana cafes are not permitted and neither is the sale of any amount of marijuana.

Q: Where can marijuana be bought for personal consumption?

A: Marijuana can be grown at home or shared; it can’t be sold. Home grow; home use.

Q: I thought the District was going to tax and regulate marijuana?

A: Congressional interference means the District can’t enact any regulatory framework for the sale or taxation of marijuana. So, for now, marijuana cannot be sold, or taxed.

Q: How can I get some marijuana then?

A: Home cultivation is permitted of up to 3 mature plants or 6 mature plants in a household with multiple adults who are 21 and over. Up to one ounce of marijuana can be shared so long as there is no exchange of money, good or services.

Q: Where is it ok to smoke marijuana?

A: Home grow; home use. Anywhere else isn’t allowed.

Q: Can I smoke in my car?

A: You cannot smoke in public, even if the car is stopped. And, if you’re driving while under the influence of marijuana, you are subject to arrest based on the District’s existing impaired driving laws.

Q: Is it legal to smoke marijuana on a restaurant’s patio or at a rooftop bar?

A: No; whether inside or outside, marijuana cannot be smoked in any public place, including restaurants or bars.

Q: What about at a cigar or hookah bar; can I smoke marijuana there?

A: Like restaurants and bars, those are public places, too. So, marijuana use there isn’t allowed either.

Q: Can I eat a marijuana brownie at a park? What about at a bus stop?

A: No matter the form it takes, marijuana can be consumed only in private homes. Home grow; home use.

Q: Can members of private clubs smoke marijuana inside the club?

A: No. The mayor will introduce legislation in the coming days to make it clear that, for the purposes of marijuana use, private clubs are treated like public places.

Q: If individuals can smoke only inside private residences, does that mean that marijuana parties are OK?

A: Subject to existing restrictions on noise and occupancy levels, there is no prohibition on the use of marijuana by multiple people — each of whom must be 21 years of age or older — in the same residence. At no time, should there be two ounces or more of marijuana per adult

Q: I’m a renter; can I smoke marijuana in my apartment?

A: In most instances, that’s up to you and your landlord. But, if you live in public housing the answer is no.

Q: Now that marijuana is legal, can I deny someone a job who has a prior conviction for marijuana use?

A: Employers may not inquire about a prior conviction until they have made a conditional offer of employment. Same goes for when you can ask a prospective employee to take a drug test.

Q: Who is responsible for enforcing Initiative 71?

A: The Metropolitan Police Department will enforce criminal violations, such as selling any amount of marijuana, impaired driving, and consuming any amount of marijuana in public. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs can revoke business licenses in certain circumstances. The Department of Health has some civil enforcement responsibilities as it relates to food products.

Q: What training have Metropolitan Police Department officers received with respect to marijuana enforcement?

A: Just as when the marijuana decriminalization law went into effect last year, MPD will issue policy for officers to follow, and will require officers to take online training. MPD officers will also have brief information cards to share with community members.

Q: What are the penalties?

A: For an individual arrested for smoking or consuming marijuana in public, he or she, upon conviction, faces up to 60 days in jail or a $500 fine.

For an individual arrested for selling marijuana, he or she, upon conviction, faces 6 months in jail or a $1,000 fine for a first offense.

Restaurant and business owners that allow patrons to use marijuana could lose their business license and certificate of occupancy.

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