By Mike Riggs
The District of Columbia legalized recreational marijuana in 2015. Nearly three years later, I still meet people who don’t understand how the law works—sometimes despite living in the city and enjoying cannabis. Almost no one visiting from outside D.C., meanwhile, seems to have any idea what people are and aren’t allowed to do.
If you’re in the nation’s capital and you want to blaze while you’re here, consider this post a loose introduction to our janky grey-market system.The passage of Initiative 71 in 2014 made it legal under District of Columbia law (but not federal law) for people 21 and older to possess two ounces or less of marijuana, and for people 21 and older to grow up to six cannabis plants in their primary residence. Up to three of these plants can be “mature” at any given time. Initiative 71 also allows adults who are at least 21 to give—as in, for free—up to an ounce of cannabis to another adult who is at least 21. Consumption may take place only in private. No one may use, possess, exchange, or cultivate marijuana on federal property, of which there is quite a bit in D.C.
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