First, what is Initiative 71? Initiative 71 is the District of Columbia’s legal address to decriminalize cannabis. If one is aware, to set up a legal network for cannabis dispensaries is a major funding upfront for any municipality or state. The District established Initiative 71 to decriminalize and allow for clever “gifting” in the city limits.
Specifically Initiative 71 allows for the personal possession of two, two ounces or less of marijuana. The initiative also allows residents to grow, within their primary residence, up to six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature. The initiative also allows for the transfer of one ounce or less of marijuana to another person (as long as no money is exchanged).
The District of Columbia has respected folks’ private activity with cannabis. The provision to transport cannabis has allowed more than a few delivery services to operate. I am thankful for my subscription to Select Co-op. I do not purchase cannabis but appreciate their expertise in providing information concerning cannabis and yes, I enjoy the gifts I am able to select as well!
Maryland has medical cannabis dispensaries in operation. I am not putting that on my medical record nor applying for a license for something still illegal under federal statute even if a doctor would work with me. That being said, I like the anonymity with an awesome selection to receive “gifts” from by coming into the District.
Maryland has decriminalized cannabis. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. In Maryland there is little to no penalty for being caught with personal amounts. However, according to NORML, one can receive years of jail time for being arrested with possession with the intent to distribute. The police can say that anything over 10g of cannabis and less than 50 pounds in Maryland is a felony to distribute with up to 5 years imprisonment.
My friends, Maryland has made it clear they want their cut of any cannabis being sold; hence the medical dispensaries. Virginia will have infrastructure by 2024, but in the meantime has strict laws against folks trying to gift like the DC culture. What is your recourse then? Enjoy the benefits of Initiative 71 in DC and enjoy the convenience of a cannabis delivery service. 420 safely my friends!