Washington D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization during the last election. Since the successful vote took place, there has been a battle between D.C. and Congress to allow the successful initiative to become law. There was an attempt by conservative members in Congress to block the initiative, but those efforts seemed to have failed. Congress has a window of opportunity to step in, but unless that happens before midnight tonight, marijuana legalization will be legal in Washington D.C.. Per NBC:
A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute.
As a result, D.C. police officers will begin carrying business card-sized summaries of the new rules, which were publicly explained Tuesday and will be part of a public education campaign.
The law — which was approved by voters last fall — will permit possession of small amounts of marijuana by those ages 21 or older, with consumption allowed only in private homes and space.
Assuming there is no last minute interventions by Congress, as of tomorrow Washington D.C. residents can grow up to six plants, and possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana. Residents cannot sell marijuana, nor is there a store that they can purchase it from, but they can give up to one ounce to another resident for no consideration. Keep in mind that marijuana is still illegal on federal property, which is a big deal in Washington D.C. because federal land is all over the place. I honestly can’t wrap my head around the fact that there will be legal marijuana being grown and consumed in our nation’s capital. What a great time for marijuana reform!