Recent changes in Washington D.C.'s recreational cannabis laws has created a surge in tourism. However, many tourists may be disappointed to find that the state is not the lush green paradise they may expect it to be.
Just five days after the state legalized the use of recreational cannabis a new law was passed restricting its use in clubs, lounges, bars and any other public space.
This limits the number of locations where cannabis can be purchased, leaving only licensed dispensaries. Being caught enjoying cannabis in a public place can result in a $27 fine.
While the new laws may limit where you can purchase and enjoy cannabis, the limits on who can purchase it are not as strict.
To purchase cannabis in Washington you only need to produce a state licensed ID in the dispensary, proving you are at least 21 years of age. Adults who are over the age of 21 are able to legally purchase up to one ounce of usable marijuana, 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, 72 ounces of liquid marijuana-infused product and marijuana-related paraphernalia.
Prices range from $105 an ounce to $232 an ounce depending on the quality.
It's important that tourists keep in mind that it is illegal to take any amount of marijuana out of Washington D.C. city limits. Doing so can result in being charged with a felony.
There is a strong resistance to the public consumption laws in Washington, resulting in an outcry from cannabis activists. Due to this response from the public, it is likely that it won't be long until the current laws evolve and become more open. It is strongly recommended that those interested in traveling to Washington and purchasing cannabis further look into current laws to stay within the limits of the law.