Everything You Need To Know About The New Marijuana Laws In DC

On Thursday at 12:01 AM DC's new marijuana laws will take effect.  Here's everything you need to know:

From WUSA9:

Tuesday morning, D.C.'s Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Mayor Muriel Bowser and other officials outlined the rules and enforcement plans regarding the new marijuana law. Thursday, residents will be able to legally use marijuana on private property if they are 21 years old.

District of Columbia residents voted in favor of Initiative 71 in November. Under Initiative 71, people ages 21 or older will be allowed to have two ounces or less of marijuana, use marijuana on private property and give one ounce or less to another person as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged to the person (also 21 years of age or older).

People ages 21 or older will also be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants, no more than three mature ones, in their primary home.

Mayor Bowser said in a statement, "We will uphold the letter and the spirit of the initiative that was passed last year, and we will establish the Initiative 71 Task Force to coordinate our enforcement, awareness and engagement efforts and address policy questions as they arise."

Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Director LaQuandra Nesbitt of the Department of Health are leading the task force.

Under the law, you still can't smoke or otherwise consume marijuana in a public space, including restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. WUSA9's Bruce Johnson reports that under the new law public housing tenants cannot smoke weed in their homes because it is not private property.

You also can't operate a vehicle or boat under the influence of marijuana.

The mayor's office says Mayor Bowser will "put forward emergency legislation to clarify that the law does not allow private clubs to provide marijuana to their patrons."

Marijuana is estimated to be a $130 million business, which the mayor and city council hope to tax.

Marijuana advocates say about 50,000 D.C. residents have marijuana arrest records that affect their employment chances.


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