The District of Columbia is one in all solely two jurisdictions (the opposite is Vermont) which have legalized possession of leisure marijuana however the place gross sales stay unlawful. Wait, what? That’s appropriate; in your nation’s capital, you should utilize leisure MJ, however you may’t purchase or promote it.
Let’s begin with a fast tutorial on how the District of Columbia is ruled. Half metropolis, half state and half colony, it’s ruled by an elected Mayor and an elected Council of the District of Columbia, however beneath the US Structure, the USA Congress has final jurisdiction over the District of Columbia. This jurisdiction permits Congress to cross legal guidelines affecting the District and to veto legal guidelines handed by the D.C. authorities. Its present authorities construction is about out within the District of Columbia Residence Rule Act, D.C. Official Code § 1-201.01 et seq., handed by Congress in 1973.
Leisure marijuana use was legalized in 2014 by a poll initiative generally known as Initiative 71 which turned legislation because the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Quantities of Marijuana for Private Use Initiative of 2014 (the “Act”). D.C. Official Code § 48-904.01 Underneath the Act, it turned authorized to develop, possess and provides away specified portions of marijuana, however the Act stated nothing about gross sales. In December, 2014, the USA Congress handed a legislation stopping the District from spending any funds to enact or implement marijuana legalization legal guidelines. Because of this, the District of Columbia authorities arguably can’t enact a legislation authorizing and regulating the sale of grownup use, or leisure, marijuana.
The fact is that gross sales do happen, in some circumstances pretty brazenly. There are a selection of enterprise that may promote you a case of soppy drinks for, say $50 (sure, that very same case of soppy drinks you could purchase for beneath $10 anyplace) and as a “present” in your patronage, they are going to throw in a bag of weed. Identical deal for that $50 tee shirt. Additionally “home get together gross sales” happen each week. If you’re “on the record” you’re invited to somebody’s home the place you pay a comparatively modest entrance charge and enter a mini-market the place distributors have their weed merchandise on the market.
Enter DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Mayor Bowser has introduced the Protected Hashish Gross sales Act, B23-0280, a complete invoice that would offer for the legalization, regulation and taxation of leisure marijuana. For a extra detailed description of the invoice, see this Washington Publish story. The Council Chairman has introduced hearings on legalization of leisure marijuana gross sales. Consultant Andy Harris R-Md., creator of the federal legislation talked about above, whose congressional district consists of the japanese shore of Maryland, however not the District of Columbia, has voiced his opposition to the invoice and some other laws that will legalize leisure gross sales within the District of Columbia.
D.C. officers usually are not optimistic in regards to the state of affairs altering any time quickly, so if you wish to purchase marijuana within the District, you’ll have to spring for 50 bucks to purchase that 5 greenback case of water.
Notice: For more information on DC authorities, see our weblog publish from March 2016: How a Invoice Turns into a Regulation – DC Model