As part of continuing education for paralegals, Washington DC’s Paralegal Institute keeps you up to date on current events on the legal front. On November 4, 2014, District of Columbia voters overwhelmingly supported Initiative 71, which legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults over 21 years of age. In the following months, the Council for the District of Columbia drafted rules and regulations governing the production of marijuana in D.C. These laws went into effect on February 26, 2015. They do not allow for the sale of marijuana or consumption of marijuana in public, nor do they change the Federal laws governing Federal property located within the District of Columbia. The following actions are legal under the new D.C. laws for those over 21:
- Posses up to two ounces of marijuana
- Possess paraphernalia for consuming marijuana
- Consume marijuana in your own home
- Grow up to six marijuana plants in your home, with no more than three being mature at
- one time
- Transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to other individuals over age 21
Seven months have passed since the implementation of legalized marijuana in D.C. In that time, residents of condos and apartment buildings have reported complaints of smoke wafting through vents and air ducts into their individual units. Some individuals have turned to the Courts, successfully obtaining an injunction against their neighbors to stop use of marijuana that resulted in smoke wafting into their home. And now that the first legal harvest of marijuana has produced large yields for some home growers, some enterprising individuals are looking for ways to profit from growing marijuana without explicitly violating the law. Expect to see further court rulings or D.C. Council legislation focused on these commercial endeavors.
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