WASHINGTON LEGALISES MARIJUANA
SEATTLE: The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.
Hundreds gathered Thursday at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 am, when the legalisation measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up 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.
“I feel like a kid in a candy store!” shouted Hempfest volunteer Darby Hageman. “It’s all becoming real now!”