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D.C. Mayor's Office Answers Burning Questions About New Marijuana Law

Is D.C. going to become like Amsterdam?

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President Obama's budget has paved the way for marijuana legalization in D.C. The new law, currently called Initiative 71, will take effect on Feb. 26.

So on Thursday at 12:01 a.m., possession and cultivation of marijuana in D.C. will be legal. (Unless something big happens, obvs.)

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So on Thursday at 12:01 a.m., possession and cultivation of marijuana in D.C. will be legal. (Unless something big happens, obvs.)

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The document, handed out today after a press conference, starts by distinguishing what the law actually allows.

Initiative 71 allows for the legal possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older, but adults and adolescents under the age of 21 are still precluded from handling it at all.

Those whom the law protects will be able to grow as many as six marijuana plants in their homes, and consume the drug on private property; in public spaces, use of marijuana of any kind will remain illegal.


Then it gets into the nitty-gritty.

Q: Is DC going to become like Amsterdam?

A: No, our law allows home use by adults 21 and over. Marijuana cafes are not prohibited and neither is the sale of any amount of marijuana.

After that was cleared up, it then took on perhaps the most obvious important question:

Q: How can I get some marijuana?

A: Home cultivation is permitted of up to 3 mature plants or 6 mature plants in a household with multiple adults who are 21 and over. Up to one ounce of marijuana can be shared so long as there is no exchange of money, good or services.

The flyer went on to answer questions about employment discrimination based on prior marijuana convictions, renters' ability to smoke marijuana in their apartments, and the extent of the training that the Metropolitan Police Department has had in handling marijuana-related cases. Read more about that here.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek nature of some of the questions, marijuana policy advcates applaud the mayor's efforts to inform the public.

A representative for the Marijuana Policy Project told BuzzFeed News, " It is great that the city is not only standing up to Congress and asserting DC's right to determine its own policies, but is also making sure that residents understand the new law and behave responsibly."

BuzzFeed News has reached out to the mayor's office for comment.

Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

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