Cannabis culture has really taken off in Washington DC in recent years, though, if you’re visiting the region – or heck, even if you live there – it’s always best to double-check the rapidly-evolving laws before you try and buy anything. In essence, medical marijuana is legal, while recreational marijuana has been decriminalized. However, at time of writing, the non-medical sale of cannabis products remains illegal. That sounds bad, but in fact most dispensaries get around it via a loophole in the law that allows them to give you weed as a ‘free gift’ with a purchase of something else. It’s silly, and is due to change soon – possibly within the year – but that’s where things are currently at.
Remmeber, though, that a third of the land in the District is federal (which includes many of the city's top attractions), and possession of marijuana is in theory strictly prohibited. Don’t let any of that harsh your mellow though. In fact, every (non-pandemic) year, thousands of canna-activists hit the National Mall for the National Cannabis Festival, an epic toke-fest event-slash-protest that takes place on or around April 20th (aka 4/20, naturally).
And for every other day of the year, these great dispensaries in DC ensure you’ll have a buzzy visit to the nation’s capital.
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