Hundreds of pot smokers light up Washington in fanfare midnight countdown as state legalizes marijuana

By ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER and MARIO LEDWITHLit up: Once the clock struck midnight crowds broke out their pipes and papers, lighting up legal possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over the age of 21

 

With not an arresting officer in sight crowds of smiling people lit joints under Seattle’s Space Needle on early Thursday morning celebrating marijuana now legal under Washington state law.

Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12am, when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.

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