There’s much to do and see in America’s capital city.
Coincidentally, one of those activities may include smoking some weed.
But before you run out to light up a joint at the Washington Monument, there are definitely some things you should know.
Cannabis in Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. voters passed the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Initiative of 2014, or Initiative 71, in November 2014 with nearly 65 percent of D.C. voter approval. On February 26, 2015, it became legal for adults 21 and older in the city to possess small amounts of marijuana in certain circumstances.
Prior to the passage of Initiative 71, using or possessing marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation was prohibited under Initiative 59, or the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1998. Initiative 59 was approved by 69 percent of voters in 1998; however, Congress passed the Barr Amendment that blocked implementation of medical marijuana within D.C. The first medical marijuana sale didn’t actually take place until 2009, when Congress lifted the ban.
Where and How to Buy
Though small amounts of marijuana can be possessed and consumed in Washington, D.C. by adults 21 and older, cannabis sales are currently not allowed. It can be grown at home and shared only.
What Isn’t Allowed
It is illegal for anyone younger than 21 to possess marijuana. But those 21 and older can possess up to 2 ounces, Or 56.7 grams, of cannabis. It is a criminal offense to possess more than 2 ounces.
An adult 21 and older can also transfer up to 1 ounce, Or 28,35 grams, of cannabis to someone 21 and older as long as no money, goods, or services are exchanged. It is a crime to sell any amount to another person. The