The Washington D.C. initiative 71 was placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot and approved by voters. The initiative went into effect in February 2015. Marijuana became legal for personal use by adults age 21 and older. A person could possess up to two ounces and cultivate up to three marijuana plants. The first medical marijuana dispensary opened in 2013. The medical marijuana program was highly restrictive, but after passing of initiative 71, the dispensaries became more liberal. For now, the people of Washington D.C. have to receive marijuana through the medical dispensaries or grow it themselves.
Washington D.C. Voters passed the bill to allow marijuana to be sold on November 4, 2014 on election day it was passed with bill 71. The first dispensaries were open prior to that date. They were medical dispensaries and they were first opened on july 30, 2013 a medical marijuana card is needed to purchase from them.
Possession of small amounts of marijuana was legalized in Washington DC on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The law legalization marijuana went into effect on February 26, 2015, after a thirty-day congressional overview period. Medical marijuana was legalized well before this date, but implementation was blocked by congress until Capital City Care, the first medical dispensary, opened in 2013.