Marijuana officially legal (with many restrictions) in the District starting Thursday

Recreational ganja enthusiasts, rejoice. As of 12 a.m. this Thursday, marijuana will officially be legal in the District, albeit with some strict regulations.

In early November, nearly 70 percent of voters voted in favor of Initiative 71 to legalize the possession, home cultivation, and consumption of marijuana.

On Jan. 13, D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson had Initiative 71 transmitted to the House and Senate to begin the 30-day legislative review period. Despite threats from Congress to block the initiative, this review period will officially end on Thursday and thus legalizing marijuana usage in D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with other city officials including Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, held a conference this morning to discuss the regulation and enforcement of marijuana post-legalization.

Beginning Thursday, it will be legal to possess up to two ounces, to smoke this said amount on private property, and to give an ounce or less to another individual. It will also be legal to grow and cultivate up to six plants, with no more than three mature ones, in the privacy of one’s own home.

Selling marijuana, or smoking it in any public space or housing, however, will remain illegal, and the legal age for possession, cultivation, and consumption will be set at 21.

Additionally, it will be illegal to engage in any of these activities on federal land, which still prohibits the drug. Bowser has also initiated legislation this morning that would ban private marijuana clubs in the District.

Photo: Cannabis Culture via flickr

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