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The best cannabis dispensaries in DC

These great dispensaries in DC ensure you’ll have a buzzy visit to the nation’s capital

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Nevin Martell
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Cannabis culture has really taken off in Washington DC in recent years, though, if you’re visiting the region – or heck, even if you live there – it’s always best to double-check the rapidly-evolving laws before you try and buy anything. In essence, medical marijuana is legal, while recreational marijuana has been decriminalized. However, at time of writing, the non-medical sale of cannabis products remains illegal. That sounds bad, but in fact most dispensaries get around it via a loophole in the law that allows them to give you weed as a ‘free gift’ with a purchase of something else. It’s silly, and is due to change soon – possibly within the year – but that’s where things are currently at.

Remmeber, though, that a third of the land in the District is federal (which includes many of the city's top attractions), and possession of marijuana is in theory strictly prohibited. Don’t let any of that harsh your mellow though. In fact, every (non-pandemic) year, thousands of canna-activists hit the National Mall for the National Cannabis Festival, an epic toke-fest event-slash-protest that takes place on or around April 20th (aka 4/20, naturally). 

And for every other day of the year, these great dispensaries in DC ensure you’ll have a buzzy visit to the nation’s capital.

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Best dispensaries in DC

The largest dispensary in DC is also one of the best in the region. Its cheery baby-blue brick storefront conceals a sleek space accented with light woods and warm tones. The staff get high marks for their friendliness and depth of knowledge.

As the only dispensary in the District authorized to cultivate medical marijuana, it has a big selection of flower, along with numerous cartridges, hash, edibles galore (chocolates, gummies, honey, oat bar, etc), and plenty of pre-rolls, including indica-dominant mini joints for those looking for a sleep aid.

The National Holistic Healing Center is almost spa-like with its minimalist design and soothing ambience. (The posters on the wall read: Listen, Guide, Treat, Heal.) When it comes to cannabis, it’s got flower, hash, rosin, kief, edibles, tinctures, and distillate syringes. The vape cartridge selection is beyond massive, and there’s a strong selection of smoking accessories. Plus, you don’t even need to get out of the car to access any of it since curbside delivery is available.

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With clean lines and white walls, this Black-owned dispensary in the Mount Vernon neighborhood keeps the spotlight on its products – literally. Nugs are mounted on wooden pedestals like holy relics.

There are more than 200 cannabis products on offer at Kinfolk Dispensary, many locally sourced from District Growers, Alternative Solutions, and District Cannabis. Having a hard time choosing? The staff is helpful and friendly, and always happy to make suggestions. After you’re loaded up with your choice of indica, sativa, or hybrid products, browse the fun selection of accessories, which include 4:20 Time! rolling papers and saintly candles celebrating Andre 3000, Prince, and RBG.

The first medical cannabis dispensary east of the Anacostia River is minority and woman-owned. White-walled with products displayed in glass cases, Anacostia Organics has the feel of a chic boutique. The choices here are broad and thoughtfully curated, including vape cartridges, concentrates, salves, suppositories, soaks, and edibles such as honey, lozenges, and chocolates. Browsers will also find a strong selection of local strains from Abatin and District Cannabis.

As a nod to the neighborhood, locals from Wards 7 and 8 get a ten percent discount (as do veterans and seniors). Additionally, first-time patients and those celebrating a birthday can celebrate with 25 percent off.

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The friendly budtenders are deeply knowledgeable at DC’s first dispensary, which opened back in 2013. The flower selection is mind-blowing, plus there are lots and lots of pre-rolls, cartridges, edibles, tinctures, and CBD. If you have a hard time making decisions, peruse the online catalog before you go in to avoid being overwhelmed by the wealth of options. The accessory choices are equally epic – from bowls and water pipes to doob tubes and rolling papers. Bonus: it’s across the street from Donut Run, whose vegan creations make for immaculate treats if you get a case of the munchies.

Located a few blocks away from downtown, Rise sits on a quiet corner opposite a small park and community garden. With its wood-sided exterior and unassuming name, it could be mistaken for a stylish coffee shop.

No matter how you choose to enjoy cannabis, the sprawling selection of flower, cartridges, pre-rolls, edibles and drinkables, extracts, tinctures, and topicals has something (or, more likely, somethings) for everyone. Roll-through pickup is available.

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Pull up a stool to consult with a budtender and peruse the many options available at HerbaFi. The store carries a diverse array of vape cartridges, flower, edibles, pre-rolls, concentrates, topicals, and tinctures. Those in search of accessories also have lots of options, including bubblers, grinders, pipes, papers, and dabbing supplies.

Situated in downtown Silver Spring near the Metro station, this well-appointed dispensary offers onsite parking and curbside pickup. However, if you can’t make it there, it also offers free delivery in Montgomery County for purchases over $100.

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