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Private Marijuana Use Will Be Legal in D.C. — Starting Tomorrow

Marijuana will be legal to smoke privately but not to be bought or sold in the District starting Thursday, despite Congressional efforts to block a voter-approved measure that allows recreational use of the drug.

The city’s mayor and police chief, touting the motto “home grow, home use,” on Tuesday offered additional guidance for how the city will move forward with implementation of the new laws, which allow for home cultivation and possession of small amounts of marijuana but not sale of the drug.

To help curb the potential for a free-for-all environment due to the lack of a legal way to buy marijuana in the city, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she will seek to restrict the operation of so-called “cannabis clubs” — private organizations that would facilitate the open exchange of marijuana through memberships.

The restriction would put the kibosh on pot entrepreneurs who have discussed the possibility of opening such clubs in the District, a practice popular in Spain, to skirt what are widely viewed as incomplete marijuana regulations.  [Read more at the Washington Times]

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