Washington State pot smokers party on
It was party on for pot smokers at the stroke of midnight Thursday as crowds in Washington State decided to celebrate the new state order — marijuana is legal under Washington state law.
Hundreds gathered at the popular Seattle Center for a party-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect.
Washington and Colorado became the first states to vote to decriminalize and regulate the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over 21.
Both measures call for setting up state licensing schemes for pot growers, processors and retail stores. Colorado’s law is set to take effect by Jan. 5.
Technically, Washington’s new marijuana law still forbids smoking pot in public.
However, police departments have been telling officers to be cool to writing tickets for the offence.