It is common protocol for police officers to confiscate your weed from you if you are caught with it. Well, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in a few states now, and police have to leave you alone if you are over the age of 21 and have under two ounces of bud on your person.
In DC, a man recently went to the Sixth District police station in order to claim the weed confiscated from him. D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander painted the scene, “He walked in to recover his property from a recent arrest. He walked in and said, ‘I want my property back, and want to make sure I get my weed back.'”
There seemed to a be little confusion between the man and the officer, the Special Order dispensed to police departments outlining the new legal marijuana policy says that officers have to give the weed or weed edibles back. The order states that individuals “may seek the return of their property by visiting the station in the District where the marijuana was seized no sooner than 24 hours after the seizure,” if they provide a copy of their violation notice and identification showing they are over the age of 21.
The man mentioned before got his weed back and you can get yours back too, if you respond withing 30 days of the confiscation. Otherwise, it will be destroyed. Keep in mind that this is specific to DC, the police can still confiscate your weed if you have more than two ounces, are under the age of 21 or if you arrested for a separate crime.