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INITIATIVE 71 and DC's MARIJUANA LAWS

12:01 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

It is legal for adults 21 years ago or older to:

• Possess two ounces or less of marijuana;

• Grow within their primary residence up to six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature;

• Transfer one ounce or Ion of marijuana to another person as long as:

  1. No money, goods, or services are exchanged;
  2. The recipient is 21 years ago or older;

• Consumo marijuana on private property.

Even with the enactment of Initiative 71, it will remain a crime for anyone to:

• Possess more than two ounces of marijuana;

• Smoke or consume marijuana in public space or anywhere to which the public is invited;

• Sell any amount of marijuana to another person;

• Operate a vehicle or boat under the influence of marijuana.

Anyone under 21 years ago is still prohibited from possessing any amount of marijuana. If marijuana is found in the possession of a youth under 21, police will seize the marijuana. If the person has more than two ounces, the person can also be arrested.

It doesn’t. It will continue to be illegal to use marijuana in public anywhere in the District of Columbia. Under federal law, federal law enforcement officers may arrest anyone in the District for possession of any amount of marijuana.

No, our law allows home use by adults 21 and over. Marijuana cafes are not permitted and neither is the sale of any amount of marijuana.

Marijuana can be grown at home or shared; it can’t be sold. Home grow; home use.

Marijuana can be grown at home or shared; it can’t be sold. Home grow; home use.

Congressional interference means the District can’t enact any regulatory framework for the sale or taxation of marijuana. So, for now, marijuana cannot be sold or taxed.

Home cultivation is permitted of up to 3 mature plants or 6 mature plants in a household with multiple adults who are 21 and over. Up to one ounce of marijuana can be stored so long as there is no exchange of money, goods, or services.