On February 26th 2015, DC officially joined the steady growing list of places to make the consumption of cannabis for personal use legal. Sadly the excitement was short lived when voters tacked on a few strict rules to hinder the initial thought of being able to smoke anywhere freely without repercussions. Below are the Initiative 71 acts broken down:
- Possession, purchase, and transportation of up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use by adults 21 and older.
- Personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, with no more than three being mature, by adults 21 and older in their personal residences. Adults may possess all of the cannabis grown by those plants at the same location. (No more than a total of 12 plants — six being mature — may be grown in a single house or rental unit.)
- Transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 or older to another adult 21 or older. All transfers are to be free from remuneration; sales are still prohibited.
- Use or sales of paraphernalia for marijuana use, cultivation, or processing.
To make a long story short, residents in DC are only able to consume cannabis in the confinement of their own homes, not anywhere else. Which in theory isn’t bad, but the catch is the purchase of cannabis is still illegal in the nations capital and with no dispensaries to fill that void of legal purchasing that leaves one with two options: grow your own marijuana plants in your home or take the risk in illegally purchasing cannabis which could lead to prosecution from law enforcement if caught. So while DC has made a great step towards the right direction it’s apparent that there’s a long way to go until the prohibition of cannabis is ended. This motivated the marijuana community to stand up and continue to push for change.
Right after Initiative 71 was passed, a group of like minded individuals and business owners joined forces to create The NCF, (which stands for National Cannabis Festival). Their mission was simple, help to end the prohibition of cannabis and to recognize the spirit of the cannabis movement and the non-profit groups that have played a major role in that. While there has been great strides in showcasing and bringing knowledge to the DC cannabis community with events like The Capitol CannaShow, NCF wants to bring members of the cannabis community and industry from across the country together a positive environment while enjoying great music, games, food and drinks. The festival is scheduled for April 23rd and is sure to be a great time, something you wouldn’t want to miss! Performers for the event have yet to be announced so make sure you stay tuned by checking out their website here to make sure you’re in the loop with their latest updates.