Starting Thursday, February 26th, Initiative 71 will take effect in Washington D.C., legalizing the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. The measure will apply to those 21 and older, and smoking in public will remain illegal, though the penalty will be reduced to a simple ticket.
Initiative 71 was approved with over 70% of the vote in November, 2014, going a step further than the D.C. Council’s recent decriminalization of up to an ounce of cannabis. Initiative 71 didn’t legalize cannabis sales, though legislation was filed recently in the D.C. Council to do just that.
D.C.’s legalization law takes effect just two days after cannabis becomes legal in Alaska.