Cannabis Culture in DC

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Photo graciously provided by a DC resident 

Two hours north of us in the District of Columbia, recreational marijuana use is legal and the cannabis culture has truly taken off. Prop 71, which legalized marijuana in the District for recreational use, has done amazing and policy-changing things for cannabis culture on the east coast. 

To be a witness and active participant in this modern day prohibition has shifted my thinking and truly been a life changing thing for me and many other pro-cannabis activists. 

However, there are still so many problems associated with this new bill because of the effect that it's having on the surrounding areas (Richmond/Virginia included). For example, a Richmond local could drive up to DC to visit a friend, smoke marijuana, and then drive back to Richmond having broken NO laws. Yet if a DC resident has a dab pen (similar to an e-cig for hash oil aka dabs) drives across the bridge to Tyson's Corner to head to the mall and they are pulled over, they will find themselves in jail for felony possession. This is a MAJOR problem. We are not talking about dealers who are carrying weight, we are talking about normal, average, recreational users. 

The policies surrounding recreational usage in the District are fairly simple. You may possess up to two ounces on you at any given time. You may grow up to six plants, with three being mature. The age of possession is 21 (just like alcohol) and you may not sell the marijuana nor smoke in public. Remember, this is not approval for medicinal marijuana like in California and other areas, this is legal recreational use. 

Local businesses in DC are able to host cannabis events. Venders and producers of products and events for cannabis are popping up all over the District, growing the city's local economy. 

The best part, however, is the MASSIVE crime decrease in the district and what this means for activists against the mass incarceration of people of color in this country. The Daily Caller wrote an excellent article about the last year and changes in the district regarding marijuana laws. You can read that article here.

I have had the pleasure of attending a few events now, each of which has given me so much joy to witness. To see the businesses popping up supporting the socioeconomic status of DC as well as the support for the cannabis community; it's just been amazing.

Those of you in the community who have been so gracious as to speak with me and allow me to photograph at your events- thank you. I look forward to a budding (pun very much intended) and continuing networking relationship. :)

This blog is taking a shift and I will be actively sharing and posting about the cannabis culture in DC. Check back often to see interviews, event reviews, and a list of upcoming events! 

As always, leave me some comment love! :)

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