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D.C. Will Legalize Pot This Week

BERLIN - AUGUST 07: A man smokes licenced medicinal marijuana prior to participating in the annual Hemp Parade, or "Hanfparade", in support of the legalization of marijuana in Germany on August 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Washington, D.C., is about to get a whiff of something new.

Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday outlined the city's plans to implement the voter-approved initiative to legalize small amounts of marijuana, which passed in November.

BERLIN - AUGUST 07:  A man smokes licenced medicinal marijuana prior to participating in the annual Hemp Parade, or "Hanfparade", in support of the legalization of marijuana in Germany on August 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Starting Thursday at 12:01 a.m., it will be legal for District residents who are at least 21 years old to possess up to 2 ounces of pot and grow up to six plants. Residents may transfer up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another person, but it cannot be sold or taxed. It may only be consumed on private property.

Congress tried to block the measure in December, but city officials said they have the legal authority to implement it because it was approved before Congress became involved.

“We will uphold the letter and the spirit of the initiative that was passed last year," Bowser said. A new task force will "coordinate our enforcement, awareness and engagement efforts and address policy questions as they arise.”

The announcement came just hours after Alaska became the third state to make it legal for residents to grow and use marijuana on private property.

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