Alright, alright, you know that cannabis is legal in DC, but thanks to a rider added to a budget by those dickheads in Congress, there’s nowhere you can just walk in and buy weed like Colorado or Oregon. But there’s plenty of options, boss! Enter the Gentleman, at your service. I write reviews of the weed people are gifting under Initiative 71.
Ok, so some of my favorite folks are the online delivery services like KindBag DC, High Focus, Canamelo, Get Local’d, & Chillay. The idea behind staying I-71 compliant is to sell something else and give the ganja as a gift (NOTE- I don’t give legal advice). You’ll need a place to receive the delivery, obviously. Some accept credit cards, which is awesome- I love earning airline miles for smoking weed. I strongly advise you stay away from HighSpeed, unless you have days to wait for mids (which is being a bit generous, really).
You should attend the marijuana events that are going on all the time now! If you’ve forgotten how to go clubbin’, check out my nifty guide here. After the police shut down a couple major public events that advertised social use over Memorial Day weekend ’16, these have become smaller and private to circumvent the Social Use Ban. You usually have to pay for a ticket but get some free weed gift, be it an edible, prerolled joint, whatever, when you get in. It’s not going to be much, though, so be prepared to talk to the people you meet (especially at the vendor tables- again, plan on purchasing something else because of i71) if you want more. This way is going to take you a significant amount of time and energy but it is worth it. The event vendors are featuring more robust menus than ever before and I’ve seen some great quality flowers, edibles, and concentrate. My favorite brands are Silly Bees, Real Deal Farmz, DMV Organics, & District Connoisseurs. FYI, all the cool kids are rocking Slab Life gear from Phone Homie.
There’s some revolutionary tech that’s added a new dimension to the game. Vendors on LeafedIn.org can list their available strains and it features a rating system that also allows Buyers (hint: if you need weed, you’re a Buyer) to comment. I’m excited about that transparency! One of my favorite folks on the app is Da DoGooders- they have some excellent flowers and live resin available, definitely check them out. LeafedIn is similar to WeedMaps, except that most of the reviews on WeedMaps are made up. Speaking of, there’s another site you can check out called Where’s Weed. It looks obvious to me that some of the reviews are fake on that site, too.
LeafedIn.org is really taking off! Until DC finds a way to allow and regulate recreational sales, you can also get connected to the local cannabis community through social media to find folks donating whatever you’re looking for- seeds, clones, flower, oil, RSO, you name it. Ganjapreneurs looking to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the situation in DC are prominent on MassRoots, Facebook and Instagram. The last two platforms allow for private messaging, but you need to be prepared to reveal yourself online for this to work- I doubt anyone is going to serve a fictitious account you make to protect your identity with a cartoon face avatar and three shared memes. Chew on some peppercorn if you’re feeling paranoid. HighThere! is another app you can use to meet folks, but without any review system (since it’s ostensibly a dating app), it’s about as sketchy as Craigslist.
Or, hey, you can grow your own! If you consume a lot of cannabis, this is definitely a consideration. A modest investment in setup will pay for itself in your first harvest if you take the time to learn and do it properly. Worried about what equipment to get, setting up, or that you won’t be able to produce a good quality flower? There are lots of plant nannies and consultants willing to help manage your grow, and some consultants and grow shops will even rent you the equipment so you can make an informed decision about whether growing is right for you before you purchase. You’ll need some seeds to get your garden started- I recommend DC Seed Exchange’s curated selection of craft cannabis. There are several extraction teams around that will take your trim or flower and squish it into concentrate for you- I recommend DC Xtracts for CO2, Plantgenix for rosin, and District Greenhaus for shatter.
Lastly, you can get a medical marijuana card. DC used to have some of the most stringent regulations on medical marijuana in the country, but thanks to some emergency legislation passed in late 2014, the program was expanded to any and all conditions. That’s right, it’s solely up to you and your doctor to determine if cannabis could be beneficial to you, just as it should be.
If you’re a resident, you can join the program. Here’s my review of the different dispensaries– you can only pick one for now! Some of the dispensaries will pay for you to get your card, so your only expense is the doctor visit. You’ll get access to a fairly extensive catalog of strains. Prices for flowers are comparable to street and the quality is pretty good. The concentrate pricing, on the other hand, is double what you’d expect to pay and the quality does not scale with that pricing, so it’s a really bad deal for consumers like me who rely on that type of medicine. Note, DC does not have reciprocity yet, so your medical card from another state will NOT get you access to the dispensaries.
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