D.C. Program Information

Medical cannabis in the District of Columbia, legalized by the passage of the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2010, allows DC residents, including minors, to be prescribed, purchase, possess, and use cannabis to treat a diagnosed qualifying medical condition or related side effect. 


The District’s reciprocity rules allow non-DC residents enrolled in another jurisdiction’s active medical cannabis program to purchase medical cannabis at a DC-licensed dispensary.

Administration of the District’s medical cannabis program is led by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). Metrc is the District’s selected track-and-trace system


For information on the District’s medical cannabis program, visit abra.dc.gov/page/medical-cannabis-program. Questions may be directed to mcfacilities@dc.gov.  



Q - How much will it cost for the system?


A - Metrc LLC charges $40 per month and per license for access to METRC and for ongoing training, support and maintenance. Tags cost $0.45 apiece for plants and $0.25 apiece for package tags.

Q - How does the system work?

A - METRC is a hosted, real-time system that uses serialized tags with barcode, human-readable and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags attached to every plant, and labels attached to wholesale packages to track marijuana inventory. Each tag is attached to a plant to facilitate tracking through different stages of growth, as well the drying and curing processes.

Q - What if I have technical issues after the system has deployed?

A - Metrc LLC has a dedicated team of support staff who will be available to resolve any technical support issues. The support desk can be contacted via phone or email.

Q - Will other licensees be able to see my inventory information?

A - No. Licensees will only be able to access their own information through METRC. They will not be able see any information about any other licensee.

Q - Do I have to use Metrc? What if I want to use my own inventory control system?

A - You must use METRC to track your marijuana, but you can use your own Point-of-Sale software. Metrc LLC will provide an Application Programming Interface (API) to customers who wish to use a third-party inventory management system. Each licensee is responsible for ensuring their ability to interface with the state procured system. All licensees will be required to use the tags supplied by Metrc LLC

Q - What POS systems will be available with Metrc?

A - Metrc offers an Interface called an API that allows 3rd party providers the ability to interface. More information can be located in the Validated Integratorspage above.

Q - Do I need to purchase any additional hardware such as computers, bar-code readers or RFID readers?

A - Metrc is a completely web-hosted system. That means that all access to Metrc is done via the internet and only requires an internet connection and a web browser. No additional hardware is required, and there is no software to download, install, or maintain. Bar-code and RFID readers are optional. A decision to buy such additional equipment is up to the individual licensee.

Q - How do I get training or a demo of Metrc?

A - If the you are an active employee working in an active facility within the District of Columbia, you can utilize the training sign up above. When signing up please be prepared to provide a Facility License Number, Company Name, Email, First and Last Name, Phone, and Badge Number. Metrc will offer a New Business Training class every other Tuesday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM ET. Please check back when Advanced Training Classes will be provided.


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Integration & API

For third party vendors, the steps to obtain access to the Metrc API in D.C. are:


1.    Request API developers documents and complete the information requested and email to api-info@metrc.com.


•    Company Name

•    Company Address

•    Company Website

•    Company Phone Number

•    Primary Contact Name

•    Primary Contact Email

•    Primary Contact Phone Number

•    Secondary Contact Name

•    Secondary Contact Email

•    Secondary Contact Phone Number

•    Name of Software


2.    Attend a Metrc training class and complete the test.

3.    Download, sign, and return the API User Agreement to mcfacilities@dc.gov. The agreement must be signed by a person with signature authority within the company, such as an Officer.

4.    Once Metrc receives approval for the API User Agreement, a test vendor API key for the sandbox will be generated.

5.    Complete Capability Assessment in the sandbox. A document of the functionality assessment criteria will be provided to you when you submit your request. Requests should be submitted after completion of the Metrc training, not prior.

6.    After these steps are complete and the evaluation is validated, Metrc LLC will issue a production vendor API key. When Metrc sends your production vendor API key, we will also ask for your company and contact information to add it to the Validated Integrator List.


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