With each passing year, adults across the country are becoming more familiar with cannabis and its derivatives. Its reputation has quickly transformed from that of an insidious drug to something akin to a glass of wine after work to unwind. This leaves many wondering:
How do I find weed in my city?
While it has been made legal in much of the country, its federal classification as an illicit substance still causes some anxiety among those looking to obtain it. For those lucky enough to live in a state that allows recreational sales, finding weed is as simple as going to a local dispensary and choosing from a variety of options. For others, it can be a bit more nuanced, or even illegal. This begs the question: Weed in DC is Legal?The short answer is YES.
Legal Weed in DC
Initiative-71 was passed in February of 2015 which allows adults 21 years of age or older to:
- Possess two ounces or less of marijuana
- Grow within their primary residence up to six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature
- Transfer one ounce or less of marijuana to another person as long as: (1) no money, goods, or services are exchanged; and (2) the recipient is 21 years of age or older; and
- Consume marijuana on private property.
What was not included in this initiative was any legislation allowing the sale or purchase of cannabis. This has led to many of DC’s businesses to come up with creative loopholes to get cannabis into the hands of their customers. While it is illegal to directly sell, companies can gift cannabis and its derivatives to their customers as a marketing incentive alongside the sale of legal goods.
Clothing, coaching, art, and numerous other companies quickly popped up all over the city offering their various goods for purchase together with gifts of weed. This is no different than say, Sephora, offering free samples of their products to incentivize customers to shop there instead of at their competitors.
Where do I find these companies?
I-71 compliant gifting companies exist all over DC. Some operate as retail store fronts where their products and gifts are on display right then and there. Others offer curbside or delivery services and can walk you through their order process once you get in contact with them.
Finally, before the pandemic, there were a plethora of “pop-up” events that operated similar to a flea market. You would be granted entry to a location where a variety of companies would set up a display table and communicate with attendees similar to a farmer’s market. These have definitely dissipated rapidly since the pandemic, but with the vaccine roll out, there is a good chance that these will return.
With all of these options available, the opportunity for marketing services to come into the space and compile a list of the best companies was also created. Some of the most notable are dcweedevents.com, 420DC.com, WeedMaps.com, UrbanAroma.com, and Gentlemantoker.com.
If you are new to the space and looking for a recommendation, a great place to start would be one of these marketing services.
Securing the Bag
So, you’ve found a company that looks like it would be a good fit. Maybe you really like their merchandise, and they even have a picture of a gift that suits your liking. What’s next?
Most companies that offer I-71 compliant gifts will have some kind of verification process. If it is a store front, this will usually be security to check your ID at the door. For curbside and delivery services, they will likely require you to send a picture of a photo ID to confirm you’re of age to receive any gifts. Regardless, reach out to the service and see what they require of you in order to place an order.
Once you are verified, it should be pretty straight forward to set up an order with your selected service. More than likely it will be as simple as showing up to any other local business that offers curbside pickup or delivery.
Relax and Enjoy!
The final step is to rejoice! Be glad that you are in a market that has pretty progressive laws when it comes to cannabis and you can enjoy the benefits. While many are optimistic that federal legalization is not too far away, it is likely that we will see some pushback from those who are set in their ways and it could be still several years yet to come so having these options available is a true blessing.
Fast Slice is a digital art company that also offers I-71 compliant gifts. Be sure to check out our art collection and gift menu if you haven’t had a chance. If you are particular about your gifts, you can find a collection of images and reviews.
When you’re ready to order, reach out and we can get you verified. Have an awesome day!