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Pot smokers celebrate in streets as Washington state legalizes marijuana

2 years ago December 06, 2012 Dec 6, 2012 Thursday, December 06 2012 Thursday, December 06, 2012 4:54:12 AM CST in News

SEATTLE - Marijuana possession is now legal in Washington state, and pot smokers have been celebrating in the streets of Seattle.

Hundreds gathered under Seattle's Space Needle for a New Year's Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and lit joints in unison.

A few dozen people gathered on a sidewalk outside the north Seattle headquarters of the annual Hempfest celebration and did the same, offering joints to reporters and blowing smoke into television news cameras. One smoker said she felt "like a kid in a candy store!"

Public use of marijuana is still banned, but the Seattle Police Department is telling officer to issue only verbal warnings "until further notice."

One pot smoker interprets the police directive this way: "you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a 'Lord of the Rings' marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to."

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