As it stands, almost of the states in the national have legalized the production, sale and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. States like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have taken things a step further and legalized weed for recreational use. Included in that number is the city of Washington, DC. Colorado and Washington state both have gone on to establish regulated marijuana markets (similar to the alcohol market) and are enjoying a spike in tax revenues. This means that there is a commercial marijuana industry where people can buy or sell trees legally. The other recreational states plan to follow suit.
DC, however, is a different story. It was looking like council members were headed towards regulation after legalization, but Congress hated on the progress and passed a law prohibiting the council from allocating any funds to further marijuana regulation.
This leaves DC smokers in a weird spot. Finally, they are able to blow without having to worry about authorities. They are allowed to be in possession of two ounces of bud (other states allow folks to only have an ounce). DC residents are also free to grow six weed plants (only three can be budding). However, you are still not legally allowed to buy marijuana with money or trade anything for it.
It’s kind of beautiful from a smoker’s point of view. The only way to legally get tree in DC is to grow it yourself or find a benevolent grower with some extra weed he or she is willing to give you. DC residents are able to gift as much as ounce to someone else. There’s no other way to get weed.
Clearly, there will be some folks out of their selling their stash and the powers-that-be in DC will probably end up commercializing. However, if it were to happen a pure sense where everyone stuck to the rules, that scenario has the potential to be a weed smoker’s paradise. Free weed for everyone!