Although marijuana was made legal in the District of Columbia a few years ago, a story from U.S. News & World Report suggests that the local police department is now engaging in small time sting operations in an attempt to eliminate any sign of pot commerce from the city streets.
Officers with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department have arrested around seven people for dealing weed within the last week, the report states. The situation has local marijuana advocates fired up.
While Initiative 71 makes it completely legal for adults 21 and over to cultivate, possess and transfer marijuana in the District, the law does not allow for a legal marketplace for pot products to be sold in the same manner as they are in states like Colorado.
Some entrepreneurs, however, have finagled the rules, to some degree, and have been accepting donations for weed rather than consider it a “sale.” This loophole has apparently prompted D.C. police to scour the city undercover, looking to drag the proprietors of these grey market businesses to jail for allowing patrons to donate $20 in exchange for a gram of weed.
Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, told…