Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. One Ounce or Less of Marijuana.


§ 48–1201. Possession or transfer of one ounce or less of marijuana.

(a) Notwithstanding any other District law, the possession or transfer without remuneration of marijuana weighing one ounce or less shall constitute a civil violation.

(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section shall not constitute a criminal offense or a delinquent act as defined in § 16-2301(7).

(c) The possession of paraphernalia associated with a violation of subsection (a) of this section shall not constitute a violation of § 48-1103.


(July 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-126, § 101, 61 DCR 3482.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1515.05, § 2-1831.03, § 4-205.01, § 16-2327, § 23-1321, § 24-304, § 24-903, § 48-904.01, § 48-1103, § 48-1213, and § 50-1403.02.

Editor's Notes

Section 501 of D.C. Law 20-126 provided that the Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], may issue rules to implement the provisions of the act.


§ 48–1202. Identification of offenders.

(a) A person who is stopped by a police officer for violating § 48-1201 shall, upon request, inform the officer of his or her name and address for the purpose of including that information on a notice of violation; provided, that no person shall be required to possess or display any documentary proof of his or her name or address in order to comply with the requirements of this section.

(b) A person who refuses to provide his or her name and address, or who knowingly provides an incorrect name or address, to a police officer in violation of subsection (a) of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined $100.


(July 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-126, § 102, 61 DCR 3482.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 48-1203.


§ 48–1203. Penalties.

(a) A person 18 years of age or older who commits a civil violation of § 48-1201 shall be subject to a civil fine of $25 and seizure of any marijuana and paraphernalia visible to the police officer at the time of the civil violation.

(b)(1) A person under the age of 18 years who commits a civil violation of § 48-1201 shall be subject to a civil fine of $25 and seizure of any marijuana and paraphernalia visible to the police officer at the time of the civil violation.

(2) The Office of Administrative Hearings shall mail a copy of the notice of violation to the parent or guardian of the person to whom the notice of violation is issued at the address provided by the person at the time the citation is issued pursuant to § 48-1202.

(3) For the purposes of this subsection, the term “civil violation” shall have the same meaning as a civil Notice of Violation for the purposes of § 16-2333(a)(1A).

(c) Except as provided in this section, the District shall not request or impose any other form of penalty, sanction, forfeiture, or disqualification for violations of § 48-1201; provided, that this subsection does not apply to District government employers if drug use is specifically prohibited as a condition of employment, nor shall this subsection apply to Unit A of Chapter 25 of Title 7 [§ 7-2501.01 et seq.] and Chapter 45 of Title 22 [§ 22-4501 et seq.].


(July 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-126, § 103, 61 DCR 3482.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 48-1204 and § 48-1213.


§ 48–1204. Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund.

(a) There is established as a special fund the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund (“Fund”), which shall be administered by the Department of Behavioral Health in accordance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section.

(b) The Fund shall consist of revenue from the payment of fines collected pursuant to § 48-1203.

(c) The Fund shall be used for substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts.

(d)(1) The money deposited into the Fund, and interest earned, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time.

(2) Subject to authorization in an approved budget and financial plan, any funds appropriated in the Fund shall be continually available without regard to fiscal year limitation.


(July 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-126, § 104, 61 DCR 3482.)