For some, it was a historic day in the District when lawmakers took to polls essentially
voting Initiative 71 into effect. After much debate on Marijuana regulation in Washington, D.C., on November 4, 2014, 65 percent of voters approved of legalizing smaller amounts of marijuana, specifically two ounces, and the ability to grow three pot plants in D.C. This legislation is known as Initiative 71. As a result, the law fully went into effect on February 26, 2015.
Adults 21 years old and older in D.C. were allowed possession of two ounces of pot and could grow up to three pot plants in their homes.
Initiative 71 was a major victory for many. It meant less government regulation on
cannabis and the decriminalization of pot was decreasing. Most importantly, it meant big business for shops that sold smoking paraphernalia and specifically catered to cannabis
users. Workers at Capitol Hemp Shop in Adams Morgan explain how Initiative 71
drastically changed their business for the better.