I-71 legalized cannabis in DC — for the most part. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about DC marijuana laws. In February of 2015, Initiative 71 went into effect, and cannabis users all over the city were thrilled. It meant goodbye to the days of anxiously walking around with a couple grams of weed in your pocket, glancing nervously at any police officer you might pass. It meant you could walk down the street with your little joint, on our way to your friend’s house, stress-free. As it should be!
Confusion in the CapitalBesides excitement, I-71 evoked something else in DC residents: confusion. We wanted to know: what exactly are the rules? Can anyone have it? Can I just have as much weed as I want, and smoke it anywhere we feel like? Can I grow it myself? Can I sell it? As these questions swelled in the cannabis community, it seemed like everyone had different answers.
Here's the Deal With Initiative 71This is a breakdown on the restrictions still imposed on marijuana in DC under Initiative 71:
- The user must be at least 21 years of age — sorry, 18-year-olds!
- Despite all our hopes and dreams, I-71 does not permit a person to have as much marijuana as they want. You are legally allowed up to 2 ounces.
- You cannot smoke anywhere you want. You can smoke on personal/private property only.
- You can grow your own, but only up to 6 plants and only 3 of them are allowed to be mature at one time
- You cannot sell it.