FAQ

General Questions

What does science say about medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been studied extensively by the scientific community and a great deal is known about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Americans for Safe Access has some great resources available online for patients and doctors who want to learn more about the science of medical marijuana, including a selection of booklets on the use of medical marijuana to treat specific conditions. We also recommend this article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta at CNN who writes about how he became a strong supporter of medical marijuana after researching the issue in depth.

Where does the marijuana come from?

All medical marijuana is produced in D.C. at one of a few licensed cultivation centers. These facilities are carefully regulated by the Department of Health and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.

Do you have any employment opportunities available?

Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, no positions are available at this time. D.C.'s medical marijuana program continues to grow and we hope to do more hiring in the future. You may wish to sign up for our email list to learn of future opportunities.

Do you offer internships?

We are not currently offering internships.


Patient Questions

What are the different types of marijuana?

We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some patients can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient's needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms.

How much marijuana should a patient take?

Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite of sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.

Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?

No. Program rules already limit the patients allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and patient characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.

Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?

Yes. We have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.

How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?

Patients may purchase no more than 2 ounces in any 30-day period, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time.


Patient Questions

What are the different types of marijuana?

We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some patients can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient's needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms.

How much marijuana should a patient take?

Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite of sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.

Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?

No. Program rules already limit the patients allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and patient characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.

Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?

Yes. We have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.

How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?

Patients may purchase no more than 2 ounces in any 30-day period, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time.


Dispensary Questions

I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?

A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their city-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, patients are greeted by a friendly staff who are trained to answer questions about the medicine and makes recommendations based on the patient’s individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.

Why should I choose Capital City Care as my dispensary?

Patients in D.C. can only choose one dispensary, and we hope you’ll decide to join us at Capital City Care. Here are a few areas where we stand out:

Quality: We’re proud to be the only dispensary in D.C. that’s also licensed to grow medical marijuana, which enables us to offer the best variety of products and carefully control the quality of our medicine.

Pricing: We believe patients deserve affordable medicine and we’re committed to offering the best prices available in the District. In addition to our low retail prices, we offer regular sales and specials, as well as discounts for seniors, veterans, and low-income patients.

Comfort: Capital City Care is D.C.’s largest dispensary and the facility was carefully designed to create a comfortable experience for our visitors. We’ve got wide halls, cozy seating, beautiful plants and art, spacious restrooms, and a full ramp for patients with mobility needs.

Customer Service: Our staff is friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable. We work hard to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all our visitors and we’ll do everything we can to make your patient experience a pleasant one.

Convenience: We’re centrally located, with close proximity to Metro and bus service so that patients can reach us from any part of town. We also offer private parking for patients in the rear of the facility.

Can I change my dispensary?

Yes. If you’re an approved patient and you’d like to switch dispensaries, just give us a call at 202-670-4420 and we’ll be happy to help.


Caregiver Questions

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver is a person who provides basic assistance to a medical marijuana patient. This often involves helping the patient obtain and administer their medicine, but can involve any number of other activities in which the patient may require some additional support due to their medical condition. Under D.C. law caregivers are authorized to purchase medical marijuana for the patient from his/her registered dispensary.

How do I select a caregiver?

Choosing your caregiver is an important decision. You'll want to select someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and familiar with your health needs. If you've chosen someone to serve as your caregiver, you may appoint them on your application form when you register with the Department of Health. The person you choose will have to complete a caregiver application and receive their caregiver identification card.

Can I change my caregiver?

Yes. You will have to notify the Department of Health that you wish to change caregivers. Your new caregiver will need to apply for an identification card and your old caregiver will have to surrender their identification card.

Can my caregiver sample the marijuana?

No. Your caregiver is never allowed to ingest your medical marijuana under any circumstances.

Can my caregiver grow marijuana for me?

No. Only registered cultivation centers are permitted to grow marijuana.

How many caregivers may I appoint?

Each patient may appoint only one caregiver and each caregiver may assist only one patient.


Product Questions

What are the different types of marijuana?

We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some products can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient's needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms.

How much marijuana should a patient take?

Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite of sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with instruction in how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.

Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?

No. Program rules already limit the patients allowable supply. Dispensary staff also assist patients in understanding dosage and product characteristics. The doctor’s only responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the medical marijuana recommendation.

Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?

Yes. We have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more.

How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to purchase?

Patients may purchase no more than 2 ounces in any 30-day period, and are permitted to possess no more than that amount at any one time.