District of Columbia – Cannabis Legalization

Summary of Marijuana Laws

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.
As of January 26, 2015, adults aged 21 and older are now allowed to:
• Possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis for personal use in private, not public, space

• Cultivate 6 plants, up to 3 of which may be mature at one time, in their homes, and to possess the cannabis derived from those plants in their homes

• Make a gift of, but not receive compensation for, up to 1 ounce of cannabis to other adults aged 21 or older

• Use, buy, and sell materials and equipment necessary for cultivating, processing, and using cannabis