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How to Buy Weed in DC 2021

November 25, 2020 9 min read

So you want to learn how to buy weed in DC? 

It's 2021 and as the DC cannabis laws are rapidly changing we are going to show you how to stay safe and buy weed in DC like a pro! 

This means avoiding any legal issues, staying far away from dangerous places, and dodging the many scam operations advertising good DC weed but giving out not-so-good weed.

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DC is saturated with lower quality buds like "reggies" so if you are looking to find that premium marijuana in DC this is the article for you!

Whether you are one of the 22 million tourist travelling through D.C. a year or a local resident, we understand just how confusing it can be to get a straight answer on how to find weed in DC - legally, safely, and comfortably at that.

For many of the people buying weed in DC the first time, most aren’t willing or have the time to get a medical marijuana card and purchase through the marijuana dispensaries. 

Why wait weeks to get your medical card and then sit in long lines for subpar DC weed when you can get award winning strains today with no fuss?

With the legalization of recreational weed in DC, this caused for a very powerful loophole for anyone travelling to DC to purchase marijuana safely and discreetly – if need be.

We are going to break down the three primary ways on how to buy weed legally in DC, but before that it’s of paramount importance you understand just what this loophole is and how to stay within the legal boundaries of purchasing marijuana in DC.

Budtender Pro-tip: We recommend you read this entire article as we are going to break down how to buy weed in DC, how to not get any criminal charges, and the exact dialogue you need to master to order marijuana in DC as of 2021.


The 3 Ways to Buy Marijuana in DC


3 Ways to Buy Weed in DC

There are three primary ways to purchase weed in Washington DC: DC smoke shop, DC weed delivery, and DC weed events. The methods in which we show you how to get weed you will not need to be a medical marijuana patient.

So for anyone out of state this is exactly how you find weed hassle free!

We will be going over each method and how to place, process, and receive your order so you stay clear of any legal issues.

The DC community has evolved rapidly when it comes to catering to the public on their daily high.

Back in the good old days it was sketchy back alley deals but now you can find yourself in some very beautiful, high end, DC smoke shops, and walking out with premium weed products and amazing customer experience.

It's all about safety and a great customer experience!

Buying Marijuana in DC
Buying cannabis in DC

Cloud 9 Art & Smoke is one of the most credible smoke shops in the community and safest place to buy high-end premium cannabis, edibles in DC, carts, and so much more. Check out some of their award winning strains packed in the enhanced curing nitrogen can.

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They have an amazing team of budtenders who truly care about your needs, and they pride themselves as the leading example of how marijuana should be bought in DC as of 2021.

They offer DC weed delivery and DC meet up options that are covid friendly and backed by a custom app that allows you to track their drivers and meet in a safe zone for transaction. Pretty awesome, right?

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Budtender Pro-Tip: Before you go and try to make a purchase it's imperative you understand just how the recreational weed market in DC works, and how to make these transactions safely! Continue reading below.


What is Initiative 71 and How Does it Help Me Buy Weed in DC?

In order to buy marijuana in our nation's capital without running into any legal issues, we need to address Initiative 71 – the vote that allowed for you to get your hand on DC weed legally.

I71 is the “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014”.

Sounds pretty dry, right? For the rest of us who don't speak legal jargon Initiative 71 allows anyone in DC that is 21 years or older to:

  1. Possess up to two ounces of DC weed
  2. Residents can grow up to 6 marijuana plants in Washington DC, but only 3 can be in the mature flowering stage.
  3. You can gift up to one ounce to anyone over 21 years old, as long as no sales, trade, or goods were exchanged.

Understanding Initiative 71 is vital for your protection when purchasing weed legally in DC. The law clearly states that one cannot sell, trade, or exchange goods for weed. And I can see you scratching your head wondering, "so is weed legal in DC or not"?

Let's break this down.

I71 was meant for DC residents to grow their own weed for recreational use and then gift it to one another. 

Let’s be honest, not everyone is going to buy the equipment to grow their own weed. It’s not that easy!

From learning how to veg the cannabis flower all the way to dealing with the pungent aromas of the flowering plants, it could take a year to learn how to grow weed well.

So of course the DC community came up with a powerful loophole, which you need to master in order to buy weed in DC safely.

Budtender Pro-Tip: As of 2021 the Chief of law enforcement in DC said that the gifting community was their lowest priority. As long as you master the gifting method and proper verbiage you will never run into any legal issues. Read below to learn more.

The Loophole for Buying Weed in DC is Called: Gifting.

Initiative 71 allows for any resident to gift up to one ounce of weed to anyone as long as no sale, trade, or goods were exchanged.

So what the DC cannabis community did was create a pretty clever process in which you come to purchase a sticker, art print, t-shirt, or whatever product and at the end of the process they gift you the cannabis.

So you may see some outrageous prices for $60 stickers, but in the eyes of the law they are abiding by the Initiative 71 laws.

Budtender Pro-Tip: For example when you go to a smoke shop in DC to buy pot you will buy the sticker or t-shirt first and at the end they give you the cannabis for free. This is what "gifting community" in DC means. 

Just remember when it comes to the grey area of “Gifting” weed in DC it’s all about verbiage. If you are new in town or just stopping by check out our guide for tourist on where to buy weed in Washington DC.


How to Order Marijuana in DC Verbiage

If you want to know how to purchase flower safely in DC then make sure you have the verbiage mastered! 

It's all about the verbiage when it comes to safe DC weed transactions.

Whether you are going to a DC smoke shop, calling up a DC weed Delivery service, or showing up to a DC weed event, the verbiage is always the same for gifting.

In order to buy marijuana safely in Washington DC make sure you:

  1. Never ask to buy marijuana or any flower product directly.
  2. Always start off buy asking to buy the product they are selling (sticker, t-shirt, art print, etc) not the cannabis.
  3. Make sure you match the price tier of the flower product up with the price tier of the product being sold. (For example if you want a gram of weed $20 then most likely you will be buying a $20 sticker)
  4. Always pay for the product first then take your gift for free after.
  5. When speaking of any marijuana products always use the term “free gift options”.

Budtender Pro-Tip: In most cases DC weed stores all have some sort of I71 gift menu to look through. Make sure to ask the budtender or to try to find it on their website so you can match the proper item they are selling (sticker/t-shirt/art print) to the price of the weed. Follow the chart below for real examples of what the dialogue will look like.

How to Order Weed in DC

Now that you have the verbiage mastered it's time for you to decide how you want to buy your marijuana in DC! Let’s take a look at the three ways to purchase marijuana in Washington DC starting with DC smoke shops.



Buying Weed from DC Smoke Shop

How to Buy Weed in a DC Smoke Shop

One of the most popular options for buying marijuana in DC legally has been visiting a local DC Smoke Shop. 

Of course, you’ll end up paying a higher amount of money for a sticker or art print which reflects the actual flower pricing. However, as far as the government is concerned, you did not purchase marijuana and this is staying compliant with Initiative 71.

Learn more on how to buy pot from a DC Smoke Shop.

You can always ask a friend or google for any D.C. Smoke Shop, but not all D.C. Weed Stores are made equal.

You may find yourself in stores that are not staying compliant with I71 procedures which puts you at risk or you have the occasional run down and sketchy smoke shops which makes you feel you might as well bought from a shady back alley dealer.

Cloud 9 Art & Smoke is one of DC's most trusted smoke shop working along side community board leaders to ensure all customers have the smoothest and safest transactions possible. With award winning and premium indoor strains at amazing prices ordering weed from Cloud 9 U St Smoke Shop is a no brainer.

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Vist our meet up section in the menu above to order premium flower today!


Buying weed from a DC Weed Delivery

How to Purchase Pot With DC Weed Delivery Service 

DC weed delivery services popped up more recently in 2018 and has become increasingly popular as the cannabis industry evolves. Now you can expect amazing products, great customer experience, and a reasonable delivery time from some of the top tier companies.

When placing an order for marijuana delivery in DC, you want to make sure to use the same verbiage as mentioned above in this article.

Also be prepared to be screened pretty heavily prior to completing the transaction. Most DC cannabis companies expect for you to send a picture of your ID and sometimes a selfie of yourself along with the ID.

This is to prove you are 21 and to protect the drivers from selling to someone that might not be who they are.

Once you are approved just give them an address to deliver to. The pot delivery business will instruct you what areas in DC they can deliver to, as some of the companies prefer not to deliver to any of the more dangerous areas of DC. 

We recommend going to a safe area where it is somewhat populated. Drive or walk around a nice area and go inside an establishment for lunch and call for the delivery service to meet you outside.

You can expect the driver to arrive with a companion and for one of them to give you the product you purchased (sticker, t-shirt, etc) in exchange for money and the free I71 weed gifts will be with the product you purchased. Don’t worry, the drivers want to do it as discreetly so just act natural because no laws are being broken.

DC weed delivery services may have different delivery fee charges and at times some can deliver faster than other. Cloud 9 U St Smoke Shop takes pride in running a delivery platform that lets you track your driver, communicate with them, and has the best delivery fees in our nation's capital.

  1. Visit our DC Weed Delivery section in our menu
  2. Enter your mobile number to view the gift menu
  3. Select your gift and location and pay when your gift arrives!

Buying Weed from DC Weed Event

How to Buy Marijuana at a DC Weed Event

When Initiative 71 first passed in Washington DC, the original cannabis gifting companies that emerged were all “pop up events” which is more commonly known now as DC Weed Events.

The pioneers of the Washington DC cannabis community were testing to see just how the law would respond to this gifting loop hole.

Through trial and error the Pop Up Events took a lot of heavy hits for hosting people under 21, smoking weed on premises, and being a bit too loud.

Now DC weed events are at a much more mature stage and are keeping I71 compliant in all ways. The reason people love DC weed events is because you are with a community of cannabis lovers and you can talk, mingle, and get advice from people who often purchase the products you are about to buy.

To place an order just follow what the locals are doing. Match up the price tier of the product (t-shirt, hat, art print, stickers) with what price tier of gift cannabis you want to buy, whether that is edibles, weed concentrates, shatter, and so on and so forth.

Then ask to purchase the product and not the weed, and to receive a free I71 gift of your choice. 

DC weed events were created at a time when delivery and smoke shops were not available. With that being said you can get everything you would need at a cannabis event just by going to a smoke shop.



We have gone over 3 ways you can score your pot in Washington D.C. We hope that after reading this that you are now equipped with the absolute know-how on how to buy pot in D.C. Make sure to check our our Buying Weed in DC Encyclopedia.

From placing the order with the proper verbiage, to finding verified and trusted businesses, you are now ready to get your weed on. Once you do have your cannabis make sure you understand where to smoke legally in DC. Come check out Cloud 9 on U St and if you can't find the time to visit just place a delivery order and our certified drivers will come bring award winning strains right to your door! 

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