Hooray! Weed is legal in D.C.!
Many are excited that cannabis use is now legal in our nation’s capital. However, that does not mean that one can toke up any time and any place. There is still a lot of legislation in place regarding when and where marijuana use is acceptable, and who is allowed to use it.
Here are five quick facts about weed in D.C. that can help you navigate these laws safely, and avoid any unnecessary trouble along the way.
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1. Privacy is key
For the exception of public housing, marijuana use is now completely legal within the privacy of your own home. However, it is still illegal to use weed in any form in all public spaces. This includes:
- Bars and Restaurants.
- Vehicles (moving or otherwise).
- Private Clubs.
2. There are possession limits
Possession laws vary from state to state, so it’s always good to be informed of the legal amount.
Within D.C., any person of legal age may be in possession of no more than two ounces of weed at a time.
Should you wish to grow your own, you may do so within your home (once again excluding public housing). One person may have up to three mature plants, and a household with multiple adults of legal age may have up to six.
3. Sharing is caring
So we have established how much weed you can have. The next question is: Where do you get it? There are a few potential answers here. While medical marijuana users can buy through a dispensary, the sale or purchase of cannabis between individuals is strictly prohibited. So what is a Gentleman Toker to do?
Fortunately, weed can be gifted from one person to another, as long as:
- One ounce or less is being given.
- The recipient is of legal age.
- It is not given in exchange for any form of money, goods, or services rendered.
Many vendors in D.C. will also gift marijuana products as a “bonus” for purchasing their own products. In any case, it is good to make friends.
4. No smoke, no toke
Sorry kids, but the legal age to possess or use cannabis products in D.C. is the same as that of tobacco: 21. So if you are not old enough to smoke, you are not old enough to toke.
5. Marijuana is still illegal federally
This may be the most important thing on this list. While legal within the capital itself, never forget:
Marijuana still has not been legalised federally!
Almost one-third of D.C.’s total land mass is considered federal property, and it is absolutely still illegal to have marijuana or marijuana products in these places. So make sure to leave your weed and any paraphernalia at home before entering federal buildings, national parks, or any other federal properties.
There is a lot to navigate when it comes to marijuana legislation. But with the facts in hand, you’ll find your way in no time. Toke responsibly!