Marijuana will be legal in D.C. on Thursday—but there are a lot of strings attached.
The mayor's office is trying to clarify what will be legal under the law, which is expected to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, and who it will be legal for. As they interpret it, adults 21 and older can possess up to 2 ounces of pot and consume it on private property. Adults also can grow six plants and gift an ounce to someone else, provided they aren't paid for it.
The District's marijuana saga has been rife with obstacles. Part of the problem is the law itself: Initiative 71, which passed with overwhelming support in November, legalized only the use of marijuana—not its sale, taxation, or regulation.
Congress, which reviews all of D.C.'s laws before they're implemented, also stood in the way of legalization. The initiative went to Congress for a disagreed-upon review period, which the mayor's office said ends Thursday. Barring any action to stop the law before then, it will go into effect.
If you're 21 or older, you can:
-Smoke or consume pot on private property.
-Possess up to 2 ounces.