Washington, DC, Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana use is legal in the nation’s capital as of Thursday — the result of a measure, approved by voters in November, that permits the possession of a small amount of pot for home use by people 21 or older in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser this week announced the city’s plans to move forward with the initiative, despite an attempt by Congress in December to block it.

The law, known as Initiative 71, allows possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana and six pot plants. It also allows people to give another person 21 or older up to 1 ounce of pot, but the initiative has no provision for sales. Initiative 71 legalizes the possession of drug paraphernalia, including “bongs, cigarette rolling papers and cigar wrappers,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington.

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