Possession of small quantity of marijuana became legal in Washington, DC on Thursday, 26th February, 2015 despite an encounter between the Republican-led U.S Congress and local officials over the new regulations. The U.S capital joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State in making marijuana legal for recreational use, reflecting a shifting legal landscape for marijuana.
The District of Columbia law enables adults to carry as much as 2 ounces (56 grams) of marijuana and to cultivate six plants at home with three of them mature. Sales are prohibited but transfer of up to 1 ounce (28 grams) is legal. This is the brand new world of marijuana in Washington DC, where residents have been allowed to legally possess, grow and privately consume restricted amounts of pot since February.
The buying and selling of marijuana remain illegal in Washington DC, compared to the four states that have totally legalized both recreational and medical marijuana. Rather than being sold at outlets and generating new tax revenue, it can only be grown at home and shared. Growers and smokers claimed they feel like they can be more unbound about their passions, but local politicians, activists and business people believed pot continues to be dealt illegally at homes, on park benches and even in the street. The law allows for many scenarios that make residents and police officers to raise their shoulders. You can’t purchase or sell marijuana, but what precisely constitutes a transaction? The connection between legal and illegal is blurry, puzzling many and creating loopholes.
Home growers take pride in their plants and are aiming to build their reputations among other growers. Facebook groups have been developed where growers can easily share photos and ask for advice. Group members can also post about events – from substantial seed shares to safety meetings, where different people smoke together at a private home.
Marijuana possession continues to be illegal on federal land. That also includes federally subsidized public housing projects, which are overwhelmingly residence to black D.C residents. Inequality in marijuana-related arrests between blacks and whites helped inspire politicians and local activists to set the District on the road to legalization. The American Civil Liberties Union included in a 2013 report that, though blacks and whites across the country use marijuana at about the same rates , blacks in D.C were eight times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than whites.
Trading would be illegal, at least for a while, however home cultivation would give consumers access to pot. A friend or acquaintance may also supply them with up to an ounce – provided that no money, goods or services were accepted for it.
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE 2015 WASHINGTON DC MARIJUANA LAW
The new Washington DC allows adults of age 21 and above to
- Possess about 2 ounces of marijuana
- Cultivate up to six marijuana plants, out of which three can be mature, in their private home; if a residence contains many adults, up to 12 plants could be cultivated, of which six can be mature.
- Offer up to an ounce of marijuana to another adult of age 21 and older provided that no money, goods or services are accepted
- Consume marijuana on private property.
Likewise, adults of age 21 and above cannot:
- Possess above 2 ounces of marijuana
- Consume marijuana in public places or on federal land
- Sell marijuana
- Operate an automobile under the influence of marijuana
- Individuals under 21 years cannot possess, use or cultivate marijuana