Recreational Marijuana in Washington DC: Is Weed Legal in DC? FAQ

Marijuana Legalization News

Marijuana is now legal in Washington, DC.

It has been several months since medical marijuana officially became legal in Washington, DC. It is still illegal to sell marijuana, however the individuals of age 21 or above can possess two or less ounces of marijuana or are allowed to cultivate six plants.

The District authority has implemented marijuana legalization law after D.C. population voted for legalizing small amounts of marijuana used by adults recreationally. They named it Initiative 71.

The Initiative 71 is a truly  progressive amendment from the District’s law. Nevertheless the District administration has outlined a clear structure of what is legal now and what continues being illegal in marijuana related issues.  

What is legal now?

Under Initiative 71, individuals age of  21 or above will be able to legally:

  1. Use marijuana at home or at private property
  2. Possess two or less ounces of marijuana
  3. Give one or less ounce of marijuana to someone else if:
  • The receiver is of age 21 or above
  • No cash, services or other material is exchanged
  1. Cultivate in his/her private residence not more than six plants of marijuana,  no more than three of which are fully grown.
  2. Own marijuana related drug belongings such as rolling papers, cigarette, bongs, etc. which  are filled with one or less ounce of marijuana.

What is still illegal ?

An individual can still get arrested for:

  1. Carrying more than two ounces of marijuana
  2. Selling or offering any amount of marijuana to someone else
  3. Eating, drinking or smoking marijuana, carrying or holding a lighted smoking material stuffed with marijuana in public areas such as park, sidewalk, street, parking area, vehicle or any other place where public is present.
  4. Using  a vehicle or a boat under the influence of marijuana

Initiative 71 didn’t make any change in previous laws on marijuana ownership of any individual under 21 years of age. It is still punishable by the law. An individual under age 21 with more than two ounces of marijuana can be taken into custody. If an MPD officer finds an individual under age 21 with two or less ounces of marijuana, it will be confiscated. The under-aged individual, however, won’t be arrested.
Meanwhile using by adults will be legal within the above mentioned limited circumstances.