Residents of the District of Columbia will be able to legally possess small amounts of marijuana starting Thursday, Reuters reports. District of Columbia voters approved an initiative in November to legalize possession of marijuana. Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee say the measure is illegal.
Selling marijuana is still illegal, but transfers of up to one ounce are allowed, the article notes. The law allows adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and to grow six plants, including three mature plants. Marijuana paraphernalia is legal, but smoking in public is not. Marijuana is banned in the 20 percent of the District that is federal land.