Via USA Today:
Despite warnings from congressional Republicans, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed D.C.’s marijuana legalization law to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told Bowser that if she continued with her plan to implement marijuana legalization she would face “very serious consequences,” The Washington Post reported. “You can go to prison for this,” The Post quoted Chaffetz as saying. “We’re not playing a little game here.” Bowser was undeterred by the threat of prison time. “We are acting lawfully,” she told reporters. “I have a lot of things to do, being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.” Nearly two thirds of D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 in November. Under Initiative 71, people ages 21 or older will be allowed to possess two ounces or less of marijuana, use marijuana on private property and give one ounce or less to another person as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged. Residents will also be permitted to cultivate up to six marijuana plants — although no more than three mature plants— in their primary home.
Recreational use of marijuana is also legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state.