Possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is allowed in the District. The law also permits gifting of up to one ounce as long as nothing else of value changes hands. Possession of more than two ounces, on the other hand, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Cultivation, Sale, Distribution, and Possession with Intent
District residents may legally grow up to six plants at home, with no more than three mature at any time. The law also defines a limit of 12 plants, with no more than six mature at once, in a single accomodation unit, regardless of the number of people living there.
Cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute less than half a pound all carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines on a first offense. The maximum penalty increases to two years in prison and $5,000 in fines on a subsequent conviction.
Cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute any amount of marijuana greater than half a pound is punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000. Additional penalties are issued for any such offense committed by an adult over 21 that involves a child or teenager.
Cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute all carry double penalties when committed within 1,000 feet of a day care center, elementary school, secondary school, vocational school, junior college, college, university, public swimming pool, playground, video arcade, youth recreational center or public library. The same is true of offenses committed on or near a public housing project.
Hash and Concentrates
Possession of small amounts of hashish or liquid marijuana concentrates, such as hash oil, is legal. Under previous law, possession of these substances could bring a penalty up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. Manufacture of these substances is punishable by up to five years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
Possession and sale of cannabis paraphernalia are both legal for any person aged 21 or over in Washington, D.C., thanks to the ballot initiative that legalized marijuana in the District.
Possession and use by a minor. Any possession of marijuana concentrates by a person under 21 years is subject to a penalty of up to 30 days in jail, and fines of up to $100.
Sale and distribution. Sale of paraphernalia is legal in D.C. Any person acting in violation of selling laws can be punished by up to six months in jail, $1,000 in fines, or both. For a subsequent offense, the penalty is up to two years in prison, a maximum $5,000 fine, or both.