Now that marijuana is legal to grow and possess in Washington, D.C. there is just one problem: Where do we get the pot?
The DC Cannabis Campaign, which championed the legalization law, will hold the first of its planned “seed shares” on March 26 at The Libertine bar in North West D.C., the one month anniversary of the law taking effect.
Aspiring pot growers can attend this share event, or a second one planned for March 28, where other enthusiasts will gather to share, but not sell or trade, their seeds.
While possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is legal in the district, it is still against the law for residents to sell, trade or exchange any type of service for cannabis. Which means it will be illegal for attendees to offer food or drinks in exchange for seeds.
All attendees of the seed share must be at least 21 years old and no one is allowed to share more than one ounce of seeds with any one person. While under the law seeds are considered marijuana, the campaign is asking that nobody bring any actual buds to the share event.
Adam Eidinger, DC Cannabis Campaign chairman, said residents have already shown an immense interest in the seed share, and he is expecting a large turnout for both the planned events.
The campaign expects a 30 to 1 ratio of people looking for seeds compared to those who have seeds, but in order to avoid a rush on seeds, it has arranged for a few “ringers” to show up with many seeds to share.
The campaign encourages people not to take more than a dozen seeds, which is more than enough to start a personal grow operation.
The district is also looking to side step laws in enforcing the new marijuana law. The DC Council said it would be pursuing ways to use emergency funds to set up a framework for regulation of marijuana now that it is legal to possess.
Though congress has said it most likely will not pursue a legal case against the city for its marijuana legalization law, it prohibits DC from using congressional funds to enact any law to reduce penalties for possession or use.
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