Washington D.C. Citizens Vote to Legalize Marijuana

- Lotze Mosley

Washington D.C. voters voted to legalize marijuana in D.C. about a month ago, and recently, the D.C. Council started preparing to carry out the wishes of the voters.

Initiative 71

Criminal penalties for possession of marijuana were “overturned” by Initiative 71, which removes the criminal and civil penalties regarding adult possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. Additionally, the Initiative would allow an adult to cultivate up to 6 plants. These changes have not yet come into effect as D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has 6 months to write regulations that would apply to marijuana producers and retailers.

Until the new initiative is formally ratified, the civil and criminal penalties applying to possession of marijuana will apply. As a result, anyone arrested and charged with a drug crime due to the possession or sale of marijuana will still be eligible for criminal and civil penalties.

Consult an Attorney If You Have Been Charged with a Drug Crime

If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a drug crime, such as possessing marijuana, it is important that you secure legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Our drug crimes attorneys at Lotze Mosley have years of experience handling drug crimes in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area. We are able to secure favorable plea deals or jury verdicts for our many clients, and we have a successful track record.

If you need help with your drug crime charge, we urge you to reach out to our staff to set up an initial consultation with one of our lawyers. It can make a huge difference in your future and the future of your loved ones.

For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (202) 393-0535.