FAQ

Information For Patients, Members, Caregivers

MWC is the only D.C. dispensary to offer a fully online application process and expedite your application. There are 3 steps: Get an official physician recommendation; Complete the online application; Pay the application fee. To get started, book your physician appointment using our online scheduler. If you prefer to work offline, contact us and we'll help you apply. Once we submit your application to the D.C. Department of Health, your card will be mailed to you.

D.C. does not limit access to a cannabis card based on certain conditions or illnesses. As long as you are a D.C. resident, you can qualify. Book your physician appointment to get started.

A licensed physician in good standing to practice medicine or osteopathy in the District of Columbia may recommend the use of medical marijuana to a DC resident. MWC has a network of physicians that you can get a recommendation from. Simply go to click here to get started by selecting an appointment time. Alternatively, you may call us at 202.817.3920.

There are two fees: one fee for the physician appointment; one fee for the application to the Department of Health. Physicians charge up to $150 per appointment. The Department of Health charges $25 for qualified low income individuals, and $100 for regular income individuals. MWC does not charge any fees if you apply through us. Your DOH payment is collected at the time your application is submitted, and your physician payment is collected at the time of your appointment.

We have more than 50 cannabis products, including traditional flower/buds, pre-rolled joints, cannabis infused beverages and edibles, butter, tinctures (ex: cannabis infused oils), and concentrates (i.e. kief, hash, wax, shatter).

MWC is charting the course for cannabis-infused edibles here in Washington D.C. We are the only dispensary to have contracted with a local kitchen which means we carry the largest selection of edibles, available exclusively to our members. The brand is 8th & Penn Edibles Co., and has created a variety of amazingly delicious baked goods, snacks, health bars and more.

Beginning Jan 31 2017, members will be permitted to purchase up to four (4) ounces of cannabis in a 30 day period. Until that date, members are permitted to purchase up to two (2) ounces of cannabis in a 30 day period.

Yes. Caregivers are permitted to purchase cannabis on behalf of patients. Caregivers are also required to register just like any other individual, but this is a great way to purchase cannabis if you have any issues with transportation or mobility.

The approval process for patients and caregivers is near identical with the Department of Health. The primary difference is that a caregiver is not permitted to use the cannabis for themselves. However, they will have the same rights to enter the dispensary and purchase cannabis as a patient will.

Yes. We carry a broad variety of paraphernalia and accessories to satisfy every person’s need or interest for cannabis consumption. If there is something you want that we don't have, we'll order it for you, free of charge.

As a dispensary, Metropolitan Wellness Center is legally permitted to provide cannabis to individuals with an active cannabis card. This is done in a secure retail setting. All medical cannabis sold in the dispensary will be provided by all of the seven (7) D.C. approved cultivators. It is illegal to grow or administer marijuana in a dispensary.

No. Individuals are required to choose a single dispensary for the term of their registration (1 year term, which can be easily renewed). Patients are not permitted to visit or enter multiple dispensaries. This is D.C.'s way to prevent unlawful purchase of more than the legal limit.

We offer a full online menu with online ordering. Simply select the products you want from that menu and start to create your order (shopping cart). You can then submit it, and payment will be collected when you come to pick it up.

We accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards with a 4-digit PIN.

Medical cannabis use is strictly prohibited except for inside of the patient’s permanent address. No use will be permitted inside or near the dispensary.

Yes. Cannabis cards are good for one year and then they need to be renewed. The process to renew includes seeing a physician again to renew the recommendation, and resubmitting a new application to the DOH. MWC can help you complete this process entirely, and you can start by booking your appointment at mwcdc.com/join .

Registered patients and/or their caregivers are permitted to enter MWC as long as MWC is listed on their cannabis card. By law, we are not permitted to allow anyone else into the dispensary.

MWC employs an enterprise state of the art security system that operates 24x7x365 and is inspected by the Metropolitan Police Department every month. The security system mirrors that of a bank security system. This includes:

  • 24x7x365 video surveillance in all rooms within the dispensary and outside the facility, including adjacent alley ways and front entry ways.
  • Enterprise burglary alarm system and motion sensors monitored 24x7x365; notification to the MPD is automatic upon any suspicious or threatening occurrence.
  • Onsite security monitoring at all times.

Information For Physicians

The program launched in June 2013, meaning physicians can now recommend cannabis to their patients. MWC only purchases its cannabis from cultivation centers who are legal and licensed with the Department of Health.

Any condition can qualify for medical cannabis, with your approval on a patient by patient basis.

A licensed physician in good standing to practice medicine or osteopathy in the District of Columbia, may recommend the use of medical marijuana to a qualifying patient if the physician:

  • Is in a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient;
  • The physician has completed a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including an in-person physical examination, performed not more than ninety (90) days prior to making the recommendation;
  • Has responsibility for the ongoing care and treatment of the patient, provided that such ongoing treatment shall not be limited to or for the primary purpose of the provision of medical marijuana use or consultation;
  • Makes the recommendation based upon the physician’s assessment of the qualifying patient’s:
  • a) Medical history and b) Current medical condition;
  • Completed a review of other approved medications and treatments that might provide the qualifying patient with relief from a qualifying medical condition or the side effects of a qualifying medical treatment;
  • And is not the owner, director, officer, member, incorporator, agent, or employee of a Dispensary or Cultivation Center.

A physician recommending the use of medical cannabis to a qualifying patient shall maintain a record for each qualifying patient which shall accurately reflect the evaluation and treatment of the patient and include the following as applicable:

  • Patient’s name and the date(s) of treatment
  • Patient’s medical history and updated health history
  • Documented results of a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition
  • Documented results of the physician’s physical examination of the patient
  • Treatment plan
  • Informed consent document(s)
  • Diagnosis and treatment rendered
  • List of drugs prescribed, administered, dispensed and the quantity
  • Radiographs
  • Patient financial/billing records
  • Name of the physician or assistive personnel providing service(s)
  • Laboratory work orders, and
  • Be kept for three (3) years after last seeing the patient or three (3) years after a minor patient reaches eighteen (18) years of age.

The D.C. Department of Health provides the form here http://doh.dc.gov/node/822902 for you to recommend cannabis. You may also email them at doh.mmp@dc.gov .

To qualify for a patient registration identification card, an applicant shall:

  • Be a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia at the time of application and remain a bona fide resident during treatment with medical marijuana;
  • Have a signed, written physician’s recommendation for the use of medical marijuana meeting the regulatory requirements; and
  • If the qualifying patient is a minor, the signed written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian.

A physician shall notify the Department in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days after advising a qualifying patient that he or she no longer suffers from a qualifying medical condition or is undergoing a qualifying medical treatment.

A physician recommending the use of medical marijuana to a qualifying patient shall not have a professional office located at or adjacent to a dispensary or cultivation center or receive financial compensation from a dispensary or cultivation center.

The recommendation you provide is good for 90 days. During that time, the patient must apply for their medical cannabis card before the recommendation expires. Once they obtain their card, it is good for one (1) year. At the expiration of their card, they are required to obtain a new recommendation and apply for a renewal card.

No. A physician who is licensed and in good standing to practice medicine or osteopathy in the District of Columbia may recommend the use of medical marijuana to a qualifying patient if the physician meets the requirements specified in the regulations.

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How We Buy Our Cannabis

Not all cannabis is created equal

We take cannabis-buying seriously. Metropolitan Wellness Center purchases all of its cannabis products from each of the 7 licensed cultivators in Washington D.C. While most dispensaries carry many of the same cannabis products due to the limited number of cultivators, MWC has exclusive access to a handful of products that can’t be found anywhere else. Rather than select every product available, we hand pick items we believe our membership will find most effective. This includes access to the largest variety of edibles in D.C., plus additional premium strains that we procure just for our members.