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Initiative Measure # 71

“Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014”

On February 26, 2015, citizen Initiative 71 took effect in the District of Columbia. The initiative, which was passed by 70% of the voters in Washington, DC, legalizes the possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults aged 21 and older. Specifically, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for personal use and the cultivation of six plants, with no more than three being mature at a time, are now allowed. The Initiative also allows adults to transfer up to one ounce of cannabis to other adults without receiving compensation for it, and also legalizes the sale of materials related to the cultivation, preparation, and use of cannabis. Public use of cannabis remains illegal under Initiative 71, however.

Summary

As of January 26, 2015, adults aged 21 and older are now allowed to:

Further Details

 

Unfortunately, because the District of Columbia is not a state, the US Congress has control over legislation in the city, and was able to add a rider clause to its recent budget bill that prohibited the use of both federal and local funds to enact rules or laws that would change the legality of cannabis or the penalties associated with it in Washington, DC. This has effectively prevented the city council from gathering to create regulations for the legalization of cannabis, meaning that the legal cannabis market will be in something of a grey area until this impasse can be resolved. Importantly, sales of cannabis remain illegal, and a system of legal dispensaries will not be implemented within the city. It seems probable that because of this, the cannabis black market will still thrive in spite of legalization in DC, since not all consumers of cannabis will wish to become cultivators.

Initiative 71 does legalize the manufacture, sale, and possession of materials and equipment related to the processes of cultivating, processing, and consuming cannabis for adults aged 21 and older. Because the sale of cannabis itself remains illegal, the development of the legal cannabis market in Washington, DC will most likely be based around the sale of this type of equipment to home cultivators and adult users of cannabis. Additionally, the fact that sales of the plant remain illegal means that there is not a legal method in place for home cultivators to procure cannabis for cultivation. In an effort to circumvent this problem, the DC Cannabis Campaign is planning to host a free seed exchange sometime in March to provide adults with a means to begin cultivating cannabis at home. 

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Washington


Initiative Measure # 71

“Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014”

On February 26, 2015, citizen Initiative 71 took effect in the District of Columbia. The initiative, which was passed by 70% of the voters in Washington, DC, legalizes the possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults aged 21 and older. Specifically, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for personal use and the cultivation of six plants, with no more than three being mature at a time, are now allowed. The Initiative also allows adults to transfer up to one ounce of cannabis to other adults without receiving compensation for it, and also legalizes the sale of materials related to the cultivation, preparation, and use of cannabis. Public use of cannabis remains illegal under Initiative 71, however.

Summary

As of January 26, 2015, adults aged 21 and older are now allowed to:

Further Details

 

Unfortunately, because the District of Columbia is not a state, the US Congress has control over legislation in the city, and was able to add a rider clause to its recent budget bill that prohibited the use of both federal and local funds to enact rules or laws that would change the legality of cannabis or the penalties associated with it in Washington, DC. This has effectively prevented the city council from gathering to create regulations for the legalization of cannabis, meaning that the legal cannabis market will be in something of a grey area until this impasse can be resolved. Importantly, sales of cannabis remain illegal, and a system of legal dispensaries will not be implemented within the city. It seems probable that because of this, the cannabis black market will still thrive in spite of legalization in DC, since not all consumers of cannabis will wish to become cultivators.

Initiative 71 does legalize the manufacture, sale, and possession of materials and equipment related to the processes of cultivating, processing, and consuming cannabis for adults aged 21 and older. Because the sale of cannabis itself remains illegal, the development of the legal cannabis market in Washington, DC will most likely be based around the sale of this type of equipment to home cultivators and adult users of cannabis. Additionally, the fact that sales of the plant remain illegal means that there is not a legal method in place for home cultivators to procure cannabis for cultivation. In an effort to circumvent this problem, the DC Cannabis Campaign is planning to host a free seed exchange sometime in March to provide adults with a means to begin cultivating cannabis at home. 

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