On February 26, 2014, Washington D.C. became the latest U.S. jurisdiction to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Although the new law does not allow for the sale of the drug, it does permit residents to possess up to two ounces and to grow up to six plants in their homes.
The new law has been welcomed by many in the district, who see it as a sensible way to reduce the number of people arrested for marijuana-related offenses. It has also been praised for generating tax revenue that could be used to fund education and other important public services.
Critics of the new law argue that it will lead to increased crime and that it will be difficult to enforce. They also argue that the use of marijuana can be harmful to people’s health.
Washington D.C. is now the sixth U.S. jurisdiction to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The others are Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington state, and the District of Columbia itself.
Is pot smoking legal in DC?
As of February 2015, the District of Columbia has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. This means that individuals over the age of 21 are allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.
The legalization of marijuana in D.C. has been a long time coming. In November 2014, D.C. voters approved Initiative 71, which called for the legalization of recreational marijuana. However, the measure was met with opposition from members of Congress, who claimed that it was in violation of the District’s Home Rule Charter.
In December 2014, Congress passed a spending bill which included a provision that prohibited the District from spending any money to implement Initiative 71. This caused a lot of confusion, as it was not clear whether the provision applied to the ballot measure itself or just the implementation of the measure.
In February 2015, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation to clarify that the ballot measure itself was not in violation of the spending bill. This allowed the District to move forward with the legalization of recreational marijuana.
There are a few restrictions on the use of marijuana in D.C. It is illegal to smoke marijuana in public, and it is also illegal to sell marijuana without a license. It is also illegal to give marijuana to minors.
The legalization of marijuana in D.C. has been met with mixed reactions. Some people feel that it is a step in the right direction, while others feel that it will lead to more crime and drug use.
It will be interesting to see how the legalization of marijuana plays out in the District. Only time will tell whether it is a success or a failure.
Is Washington DC legal recreational?
Washington D.C. is one of the latest to legalize recreational marijuana. The referendum, Initiative 71, passed in November 2014 with nearly 70% of the vote.
The question of whether or not marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no. In 2010, D.C. passed the Medical Marijuana Act, which allowed for the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, Congress disapproved of the law, and so it never went into effect.
Initiative 71 essentially overrides Congress’s disapproval, making it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants at home, and give away up to one ounce of marijuana. Smoking in public is still prohibited.
The D.C. Council is still working on regulations for the sale of marijuana, but it is expected that it will be sold through a system of dispensaries. It is not yet clear how this will work since D.C. is not a state and is therefore not subject to the same federal laws around marijuana.