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Confusion over Washington DC legalization laws? Welcome to the club.

For the passed two years I have known that DC approved the legalization of Marijuana for recreational use. I assumed that meant I could just go into a rec dispensary and purchase Marijuana, just as I’d done in other states, but I have come to find out that this is not the case.

While looking into dispensaries as possible distribution for my product, I thought, there must be tons of places for me to contact in DC. I was shocked to learn that there were surprisingly, very few. It was then that I realized that DC was not typical of the rec purchasing I had experienced in other states and it was time for me to find out the skinny.

Did you know that in DC, if you are 21+ you can legally have up to 2 ounces of marijuana on your person? Also, if you are 21+ you can “transfer” up to 1 ounce of Marijuana if you do not take payment of any kind? Furthermore, did you know that a single adult can grow up to 6 plants in their home (with 3 being mature) and if multiple adults live in the home up to 12 plants (with 6 being mature)?

At first I thought, “That’s just crazy talk!” Then it got my brain going with all the creative possibilities and loopholes!

Craftily I thought, “So you are allowed to have and smoke Marijuana but you can’t buy or sell it.   Therefore, you can give it away, trade it or grow it."

So if I have Marijuana to sell, I could have a big get together and charge people say, $100 to come and then give away “free” weed to everyone that comes. Or I can show up with weed to someone’s house and say I’m going to charge you for my time to educate you about the Marijuana I have with me at a starting price of $75 a visit and at the end of our session, I will give you a free gift, which is weed. Ok – this is an interesting, albeit convoluted way to say we can legally have and smoke weed.

Another option would be to grow my own. The reality is, I’m a black thumb. If I breathe in the direction of a plant it will probably die, I’m that bad. My siblings, however, can make anything grow anywhere. If you’re like them, growing would be an excellent option. Did you know you could actually go online and purchase a Marijuana Grow Box as well as find companies who will come to your home and set it up for you, and then boom – you’re off to the races!

So there you have it – in DC it is recreationally legal to have and smoke Marijuana. I’m incredibly happy that they have legalized and at the same time, let their political freak flag fly! “Yes, yes yes, we will recreationally legalize Marijuana but you have to figure out how to get it. “ How very political of you DC and how very crafty.


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