Updated: Jun 6, 2022
The green rush is in full swing here in Washington DC now that cannabis and plant-based psychedelics have been decriminalized. Here's everything you need to know about DC Initiatives 71 and 81 and how Flower Avenue fits into the equation.
What's up with the gift economy?
Washington DC exists in a bubble, and in our bubble, cannabis and psychedelics are legal for everyone 21 and older. However, dispensaries aren't allowed to operate, and you can't legally sell weed or entheogenic plants like magic mushrooms.
But you can give them away for free, and you can possess and use them.
Yeah, we know.
It doesn't sound legit. It sounds like buying from a plug, but with extra steps— except that it's completely legit.
In Washington DC, we have what's known as a gift economy. Since we can't legally buy or sell weed, we have to give it away for free. To get around that, small businesses here in DC are selling physical items, memberships, legal advice, mixtapes, digital art, and other things like that. These items are usually priced pretty high, but they come with a free cannabis or psychedelic "gift" of your choice.
In simpler terms, you're buying an item— not cannabis or psychedelics. But that item is priced higher because it comes with "free" cannabis or psychedelics.
DC Initiatives 71 and 81
If you're on the hunt for free cannabis or psychedelics in Washington DC, you'll hear the terms I-71 and I-81 thrown around a lot. These refer to Initiative 71 and Initiative 81, which were pieces of legislature passed to decriminalize cannabis and entheogenic plants and fungi like DMT, mescaline, peyote, and magic mushrooms.
Under DC Initiative 71, adults aged 21 and older can possess cannabis and cultivate up to three cannabis plants of their own, but it doesn't allow for direct sales. That's where the gift economy comes into play. That said, the culture is alive and well here. Cannabis gift delivery is all over the place, and you can find all kinds of private events to check out.
Initiative 81 was passed a little later, but it involved practically the same practices. It decriminalized the non-commercial cultivation, distribution, possession, and use of entheogenic plants and fungi. Some examples include plants that contain ibogaine, dimethyltryptamines (DMT), mescaline, psilocybin, or psilocyn, like magic mushrooms, iboga, and peyote. You can't buy or sell these products, but you can gift them or get them for free.
What about Flower Avenue?
Flower Avenue was founded because there are a lot of pros and cons to a gift economy. Since the industry is unregulated by the government, there are a lot of people out there peddling stuff they grew in their closets, so it's hard to know if you're getting legitimate, safe products.
We ourselves have met with pretty shady people trying to find products that we ourselves trust. We've been misled, lied to, and flat-out scammed. But that pushed us to enter the space in 2021 and make things safer and more reliable for DC residents and tourists alike.
Last year, we got organized and mastered our sourcing. Everything you see on our gift menu is a lab-tested genuine article, sourced safely and stored securely. We stand by everything on our menu, and while you might be overpaying for stickers, our gifts are impossible to beat. We trust and stand by everything in our store and unapologetically get high on our own supply.
You can rest assured that our company stands by customer service, safety, and transparency. We're an open book, so feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Visit our gift menu to browse our extensive selection of exotic cannabis strains, vape cartridges, edibles, and magic mushroom gifts. You can even order online and schedule local delivery to Washington DC.
We are fully compliant with Washington DC Initiatives 71 and 81.