Washington, D.C. Marijuana Compliance

In Washington, D.C., marijuana is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Employers in Washington, D.C. contemplating drug tests must adhere to stringent marijuana compliance regulations. According to the Code of the District of Columbia, § 32–931, employers can only test potential employees for marijuana after presenting a conditional job offer, unless there's a specific legal requirement to do so earlier.

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Washington, D.C. Marijuana Compliance

Washington, D.C. Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Fully Legal

In Washington, D.C., individuals who are 21 years or older have the right to use marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. They are also allowed to grow six cannabis plants and hold no more than two ounces of marijuana. However, a person may still not sell marijuana to another individual, possess over two ounces, drive or boat under the influence, or use marijuana in public areas. Non-compliance with these regulations may result in penalties such as arrest, imprisonment, and fines.

Medical Marijuana: Legal

Patients with a medical marijuana card in Washington, D.C. can acquire up to two ounces of medical marijuana per month. However, consumption of medical marijuana in public places is prohibited.

Decriminalized: Yes

Although using marijuana remains a federal offense, it is not considered a criminal act in Washington, D.C. for adults aged 21 or over to utilize or possess marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. They can possess up to two ounces, cultivate six marijuana plants, and transfer one ounce or less to another adult. This transfer must occur without any exchange of money, services, or goods, and the recipient must be at least 21 years old.

Recreational Marijuana: Legal

Since Initiative 71 passed in 2014, the recreational use of marijuana has been lawful in Washington, D.C.

Last updated 1/16/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C. Adults over 21 years can use it both medically and recreationally.

What is Washington, D.C.'s history with possession of marijuana?

In 2010, legislators passed a law that allowed patients to use medical marijuana. Three years after that, marijuana was decriminalized in Washington, D.C., and possessing less than one ounce of marijuana was no longer punished by a jail sentence but only by a $25 fine. In 2014, Initiative 71 was approved, making the recreational use of cannabis legal.

What is the current punishment for possession in Washington, D.C.?

Under current Washington, D.C. marijuana law, possessing up to two ounces of marijuana is legal.

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Washington DC marijuana laws. Washington D.C. Cannabis Information Portal. (n.d.). https://washingtondccannabis.org/laws
32-931. restriction on pre-employment marijuana testing. D.C. Law Library. (n.d.). https://code.dccouncil.gov/us/dc/council/code/sections/32-931
1-71 Factsheet GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. (n.d.). https://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/release_content/attachments/I-71Factsheet.pdf