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Growing weed in dc

The initiative allows residents to grow as many as six plants. Only three can be flowering and mature, but even under that restriction a grower operating at full capacity would produce more marijuana than most people could smoke on their own—which is why the initiative’s creators sought the right to give weed away.

DC voted to loosen its marijuana laws a year and a half ago, when it passed a ballot initiative that made it okay for every District resident over 21 to grow, own, and smoke a little weed, so long as it was done in private residences.

“We wasted a lot of time and money at first, but then?” Williams pauses. “It was like Christmas.”

In February, the group Mamajuana Edibles hosted its third event, a Black History Month celebration with a history quiz (“questions about black people and weed,” an organizer says) and, as the name implies, free cannabis-infused edibles.

Matt von Fricken wasn’t sure where a business’ liability would begin and end under the new law. How much control can a business owner exert on a customer’s inconspicuous activity, like the consumption of weed via edibles? The new bill seems to perpetuate gray areas rather than eliminate them. “As a lawyer, I would tell my clients to err on the side of caution. But people right now are looking at what the law doesn’t say to figure out what they can do.” He predicts some of the new ventures in town are on a collision course with the government that will end in the courts.

Distribution to a minor by a person over 21 brings a doubled penalty.

Unless marijuana was obtained through a doctor’s recommendation, intentional or knowing possession of more than two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a penalty of incarceration of up to 6 months and a fine of not more than $1,000.

Paraphernalia

Possession of hashish is punishable upon conviction with imprisonment for not more than 180 days and a fine of not more than $1,000.

Hash pipes, sifters, and bubble bags are paraphernalia in Washington D.C., and conviction for possession of such will lead to imprisonment for not more than 30 days and a fine for not more than $100.

Hash & Concentrates

Public use of marijuana is a misdemeanor but will generally be handled through a cite and release procedure.

(3) Ensure that all of its employees receive training on compliance with District law, medical marijuana use, security, and theft prevention.

(j) (1) No person seeking to be a director, officer, member, incorporator, or agent of a dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory who has access to the medical cannabis at the dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory shall have had a felony conviction for a crime of violence, a gun offense, tax evasion, fraud, or credit card fraud within the 3 years preceding the date the application for licensure is filed with ABRA.

(5) (A) An application for registration of a dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory submitted by an applicant that meets all of the requirements of a medical cannabis certified business enterprise, as set forth in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph, shall be awarded a point preference equal to 50 points or 20% of the available points, whichever is greater.

(g-1) (1) A cultivation center shall not be located within a Retail Priority Area, as designated pursuant to § 2-1217.73, and as approved by the Council pursuant to the Great Streets Neighborhood Retail Priority Areas Approval Resolution of 2007, effective July 10, 2007 (Res. 17-257; 54 DCR 7194).

(ii) The prohibition of no more than one dispensary being registered to operate within an election ward in which 5 or more cultivation centers have been registered to operate set forth in sub-subparagraph (i) of this subparagraph shall apply to applications pending as of December 13, 2013.

(3) (A) The total number of cultivation centers that may be registered to operate within an election ward, established by the Council in § 1-1041.03, shall not exceed 6 and the total number of testing laboratories that may be registered to operate within an election ward shall not exceed 2.

(b-1) Notwithstanding any other District law, a testing laboratory may possess medical marijuana for the purpose of testing its contents, in accordance with this chapter and the rules issued pursuant to § 7-1671.13.

(g) A dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory shall not locate within any residential district or within 300 feet of a preschool, primary or secondary school, or recreation center.

(g-3) A dispensary, cultivation center, or testing laboratory may be permitted to change ownership or controlling interest upon approval from the ABC Board.