Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Washington DC:
- 2010 – Council of the District of Columbia legalized medical cannabis
- January 1, 2011 – the medical cannabis program became legal
- March 4, 2014 – the Council of the District of Columbia decriminalized possession of cannabis
- February 26, 2015 – Initiative 71 legalized the recreational use of cannabis.
While cannabis is legal in Washington DC, there remained a large number of arrests after Initiative 71 had been passed. Many of these arrests are due to public consumption charges – we remind patients that it is not recommended to consume cannabis in public spaces