Hindustan Times (Patna) - - HTWORLD -

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!”

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