The citizens of the District of Columbia in November voted to pass Initiative 71, which legalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three marijuana plants for individuals over the age of 21.
That measure took effect at midnight Thursday this week.
The measure was put on the ballot through citizen initiative. The do’s and dont’s for Washington citizens are significant.
In D.C., you can possess up to two ounces of marijuana on your person. Any amount more than two ounces is still illegal and will amount to a misdemeanor with a fine of $1,000, or as much as to six months in jail.
You can give up to one ounce as a gift. Though selling is prohibited, individuals may exchange as much as once ounce as a gift.
You can grow up to six marijuana plants. However, the law says you may only possess three “mature, flowering plants” at any given time, with the provision intended to make it more difficult to grow enough marijuana to sell.
In D.C., you cannot grow marijuana outside of your residence. The law allows for growing, but it must be “within the interior of a house, building or rental unit that constitutes such a person’s principal residence.”
You cannot consume marijuana in public. You can have it on your person, but you cannot legally consume it publicly in any fashion.
You cannot sell the substance in any quantity. Purchasing or selling the drug is illegal. However, you may transfer up to one ounce to another individual for free as a gift.
You cannot drive while under the influence of marijuana. Unlike alcohol, there’s no “legal limit,” per se. It’s illegal to drive while under the influence of any amount of marijuana.