WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Residents of Washington D.C. lined up for free cannabis seeds Saturday in a giveaway resulting from last year's successful ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia.
The event, sponsored by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, was held Thursday and Saturday and saw hundreds of 18-and-up D.C. residents line up to receive and trade free seeds.
More than 3,500 people signed up for the giveaway, which saw distribution at Libertine bar and restaurant on Thursday and at D.C. Cannabis Campaign Headquarters on Saturday.
Legalization of marijuana for consumption and growth, known as Initiative 71, was passed 7 to 3 last November by D.C. voters who now join Colorado and Washington state in allowing use of the drug for recreational purposes.
The initiative, which went into effect in late February, allows D.C. residents to use the drug out of view and cultivate six seedlings and up to three mature plants, with a limit of 12 plants per household.
D.C. police were present at the giveaway but did not interfere.
"Seed sharing is not prohibited," D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told the Washington Post after Thursday's event.