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DC Weed - The Ultimate Guide

March 16, 2020 4 min read

DC weed is legal now, but it can still be a little challenging to find if you’re new to the scene.


How do you find the best Washington DC weed, for the best prices, and purchase it safely?


Don't worry we will be breaking all of these down below.


The DC weed market can be a bit confusing but let's break it down step by step.If you already understand how the laws work skip the next section and scroll down.


Thankfully, with the passing of Initiative 71, a private market of weed gifts bloomed. In this article, you’ll learn the best places and ways to buy safe, reputable weed without the hassle! 

Is Weed Legal In DC?

When recreational users go to take that first puff of weed in Washington DC, a question that might pop up is, “is what I’m about to do legal?”.


Others may not hesitate. But if you are the one asking the question- the answer is yes.


Initiative 59 was passed in 2014 that legalized medical marijuana but did more for DC weed than just that. It pathed the way for Initiative 71 to make way.


Initiative 71

 Initiative 71

Initiative 71 is the dream DC weed lovers have been wishing for.


In February 2019, Initiative 71 won the voter’s ballot with an astonishing 70.1%. Ya, baby! I71 blessed those that fully understood it but just downright confused the rest.


Key points to remember for staying I71 compliant are:

  • You must be 21 years of age
  • You can possess no more than 2 ounces
  • It is illegal to smoke in public
  • You cannot purchase marijuana, but it can be gifted up to 1 ounce
  • Driving while under the influence of DC weed is illegal and shares same penalty as driving drunk
  • You can grow in your home, up to 6 cannabis plants, but only 3 of which can be in the flowering stage


Grow Your Own Marijuana in Washington DC

 Marijuana Facts

I can grow my own weed in DC? Yes, indeed! In fact, the initial intent of Initiative 71, from the beginning, was “home grow; home use”.


For those with experience growing marijuana, I71 took the weight off. Not literally. But knowing you cannot get in trouble with the law does ease some tension. 


Let’s take a look at the guidelines to follow when in comes to home cultivation of DC weed.


For each adult (21 years of age +) in a household, the allowed number of cannabis plants is six. But only three of these plants can be in the mature or flowering phase. But you cannot sell it.


Here lies the issue with growing DC weed. Especially for those inexperienced, much time, energy, and patience is required. Not to mention expensive equipment is to be purchased if you don’t already obtain the necessities. I71 in all it’s glory doesn’t stop there! Private weed shops, such as Cloud 9, have built their foundation on staying I71 compliant. Blessings on blessings…


How to Buy Marijuana in Washington DC


So just how do you buy weed in DC? As with many laws, grace is granted with loopholes in staying legal while buying weed in DC. I71 states you cannot grow your weed and sell it. I71 also states that you can gift DC weed, up to one ounce.


See where we’re going with this?


DC weed shops have built was is now known as “the gifting economy”.


You can now walk into any weed shop, buy a hat or piece of artwork or other item sold, and you will be gifted with reputable and trustworthy flower. Oh, what a world we live in!


Where To Buy Weed In DC

As previously stated, weed shops are one way to obtain marijuana by way of store front.


Many entrepreneurs have caught on to gifting weed in DC. There’s been a number of options for everyone whether you’re a one-stop-shop kind of person, a social butterfly, or a hermit not wanting to leave the house to get high.


DC Weed Events


In the social aspect of things, weed events, also known as pop-up events, have been known to get a lot of attention. 


If you’ve never experienced a pop-up event before and are wondering what it’s like- think of a farmer’s market for DC weed. Lots of music, lots of people, lots of marijuana being gifted at this weed social activity.


DC Weed Delivery

If you’re the type that is the complete opposite of a socialite you’d find at a pop-up event, DC weed delivery is the option for you.


You can easily get weed delivered to your private home or place of choice. Cloud 9 offers a reputable, trustworthy, and high quality flower delivery service.

DC Weed Strains

DC was lagging when it came to popular weed strains. With the passing of I71 we have seen an uprise of top shelf strains flood the DC weed market.


From authentic Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream, Bruce Banner, Zombie OG, it's no wonder DC weed is the most top searched in the United States.


Not every DC smoke shop or DC weed delivery has these top shelf strains. Make sure to check out Cloud 9, U street smoke Shop, because they carry the most premium Washington DC cannabis!



Do you feel like you can make your way around DC now, enjoying your daily high, and staying out of trouble? We’ve covered the ins and outs of the many loopholes to keep you safe and out of harms way- as far as the law is concerned. It is our hope that you feel more knowledgeable and at ease knowing weed is legal in DC!

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