Our guide to Washington D.C.s Recreational Cannabis

Guide to Washington D.C.’s Legal Cannabis

Initiative 71 was approved by the voters of the District of Columbia on November 4th, 2014 legalized the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and over. The measure also legalizes the use and sales of marijuana paraphernalia. It does not, however, legalize the sale of marijuana in any form.

The law truly comes into effect after a Congressional review period, which should be sometime in February or March 2015.

Possession and Growing:

Adults 21 and over are allowed to posses up to 2 ounces in public. They are also allowed to grow up to 6 plants in their home, and a maximum of 3 plants flowering, out of view of public property (e.g. sidewalks, roads, turnpikes, etc) in a secure place. And they also allowed to posses all marijuana harvested from their plants at the location it was grown.

No more than 12 plants may be grown in each residence. Landlords can restrict growing on their property if they see fit. And employers are not required to allow cannabis use on or off duty.

Adults may gift, but not sell, up to 1 ounce of marijuana and up to 6 immature (or vegetative) plants.


Laws regarding driving under the influence remain unchanged.

It is illegal to drive under the influence of any drug or substance that impairs the driver’s mental or physical capacities. A first time DUI violation results in a $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days in jail.

Where can I buy legal weed?:

The sales of marijuana are still illegal between adults, but stores will be licensed in the future (see: http://wamu.org/news/14/11/05/bowser_says_legal_marijuana_sales_may_come_sooner_rather_than_later)

See the full text of Measure 2 here: http://ballotpedia.org/Washington_D.C._Marijuana_Legalization,_Initiative_71_(November_2014),_full_text
Read the MPP Summary here: http://www.mpp.org/states/district-of-columbia/summary-of-dcs-initiative.html