For D.C. pot enterprises, business is booming

WASHINGTON — Pot-related businesses in the District are starting to meet expectations, growing steadily since last February when marijuana became legal for private and personal use.

The Washington Post details several examples of head shops that deliver pipes, papers and bongs, and companies that rent or sell and set up in homes all the equipment needed to grow marijuana.

Legal pot also is hot on social media and at social gatherings in D.C. where participants might, for example, share new pot-laced food products, showcase paraphernalia for sales, discuss growing tips or share seeds.

The Post also reports legal sales in D.C.’s medical marijuana community are up dramatically. The District now has five pot dispensaries and seven cultivation centers that are so busy they’re not keeping up with demand.

Between July of last year and July 27 of this year, the number of medical marijuana patients registered with the District’s Department of Health grew from 738 patients to 3,948.

Under Initiative 71, approved by D.C. voters last November, residents at least 21 years old can own up to six pot plants, can give away up to an ounce of pot at a time, and can possess up to two ounces of marijuana.

It remains illegal in D.C. to sell pot, possess it on federal land, smoke it in public, consume it in public housing or be under its influence while driving.

Find a full list of D.C. marijuana laws here.


WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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