Recently, MPD has encountered a growing proliferation of marijuana pop-up events in the city. The events are often advertised openly on social media. Vendors claim to only be selling trinkets or asking for a cover charge, while “gifting” marijuana to consumers. While the District’s marijuana statute allows for possession of small amounts of marijuana, it is not legal to sell it. As a result, MPD has been responsive to complaints of such illegal activity at local businesses throughout the city. MPD often partners with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) in locations that have liquor licenses. As these events continue to grow, MPD remains concerned about protecting public safety.
Security personnel should be aware that these events may occur near or on properties where they work and remember that it is not legal to sell marijuana in the District. If security personnel hear about pop ups, they should contact the relevant police district.
This article is part of the MPD’s “Security Snapshot” series, which is designed for security personnel working in the District of Columbia. While this information may be of interest to the general public, any recommendations or guidance in these articles has been created with a focus on security personnel.