Indoor Grow Guide I: Understanding the Law

So it’s finally happened. It’s no longer a dream. Your state has taken it upon themselves to buck the federal government and flex a little independence in legalizing certain aspects of marijuana.

Congratulations.

Exxxxcelllent

You may be itching to head out to the local establishment to buy a licit sack and shiny new piece. Maybe you’re interested in getting agricultural and growing your own bubonic chronic (and possibly some organic munchies). And now you’re a pot mogul, sitting court side with Jay-Z, sparking up in the bathroom to try and pass the time while HOVs team is getting trounced. Hold up. Let’s stop and think this through.

Depending on your plans, the line between quasi-legal in the grand scheme, and possibly spending some time behind bars is blurry, so tread lightly. If you’re inexperienced in matters of law and government regulation, it’s probably best to consult an experienced lawyer before you get involved with any type of moderate or major operation. Here’s a cool website that will connect you with an expert.

NORML, a leading marijuana advocacy group has a handy tool to check the legality in your state. Before you get started, check on the status of your state!

For the purpose of this entry, we will highlight the law in the Federal government’s back yard…Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Ballot Initiative 71, DC residents voted to make recreational marijuana use and possession in small (but adequate compared to our 1/8 a week habit) amounts legal.

Basically, if you’re 21 years of age or older, you may possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate no more than six plants (with three or fewer mature at any one time) in your primary residence without penalty.

If you don’t have a green thumb, a saint of a friend may gift you up to one ounce, assuming you are also 21 years of age or older.

Notice we said “gift”.

No selling. No money. No mogul status.

An offender who has been convicted of distribution, manufacture, or possession with intent to distribute may be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined not more than $50,000, or both.

Harsh.

It’s also worth noting that hashish and concentrates are still illegal.

Good Luck out there.

On to Part 2.