Marijuana Officially Legal in Washington State, Celebrations Break Out Across The State

 by lucy

As of today, December 6, 2012, the possession and use of recreational marijuana is legal in Washington state.  A group of marijuana advocates and users gathered at Seattle’s Space Needle to celebrate and light up at midnight, when the law became official.

Legalization was rung in like New Years, with a ten second countdown ending in cheers, hugs, and smoking marijuana legally for the first time in the United States.

In the early hours of the morning, Seattle’s City Attorney Pete Holmes issued a warning that smoking marijuana in public would not be allowed and that violators would be subject to citations and $100 fines.  “If you’re smoking in plain public view, you’re subject to a ticket,” he explained.  “Initiative 502 uses the alcohol model.  If drinking in public is disallowed, so is smoking marijuana in public.”

Seattle Police, however, decided to limit their officers actions this morning, at least for the moment.  No police were present at this morning’s celebration at the Space Needle.

Another larger celebration is expected to take place tonight at the Space Needle, and a lack of police presence is expected then as well.  Seattle’s Police Department is taking a humorous and laid back approach to encouraging marijuana users to respect the limitations of the state’s new law.

On Wednesday, the department posted a picture of Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” from the Big Lebowski on their blog.  The picture was captioned, “The Dude abides, and says, ‘take it inside!”

The department currently lacks clear enforcement authority for citations and there will not be legislation in place for at least 30 days.  The department explained on their blog that, “In the meantime, in keeping with the spirit of I-502, the department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.”

Never afraid to be a buzz kill, US Attorney Jenny Durkan made sure to reiterate the federal government’s stance on the sale and use of marijuana in a statement released Wednesday.  She explained, as we all know, that marijuana is still illegal under federal law in spite of changes in state law.



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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    SamsonSimpson said on Dec 6, 2012

    Hahaha the police posting that Lebowski pic is AWESOME!!! This is so great to see something like this in my lifetime!!

  2. 6

    Chubbs said on Dec 6, 2012

    This story almost brought a tear to my eye. :)

  3. 0

    RedJesus said on Dec 6, 2012

    It's a good day to live in Washington!

  4. 0

    Rasta_Dabz said on Dec 6, 2012

    A great day for cannabis supporters everywhere.

  5. 0

    dieselhaze said on Dec 6, 2012

    i can only imagine 3,500,000 people blowing potsmoke out their windows so the neighbors don't find out

  6. 0

    DankHydroKush said on Dec 6, 2012

    now this is what i like to read!

  7. 1

    alpha said on Dec 6, 2012

    yeah the weathermen were saying there was massive cloud cover over Washington state-but yet 0 percent chance of rain hmmm?

  8. 2

    DaJointGuy said on Dec 6, 2012

    Police offcicers are asking to be allowed to use cannabis in Washington now that I-502 has passed

  9. 0

    559airandtrees said on Dec 6, 2012

    great news, i saw a report on the news and they kinda taped people who looked like hippies and who didn't have much to say probably to give it a bad look imo.

  10. 0

    AlaskanOG said on Dec 7, 2012

    A stoned police force would be nice. But i bet they would quit seeing all the years of lies they had to keep. And people they hurt

  11. 0

    CanadaDank07 said on Dec 7, 2012

    Lol as if it is legal in the states before Canada!

  12. 0

    Budss said on Dec 7, 2012

    :'] Change.

  13. 0

    spkavyo said on Dec 7, 2012

    Just started a petition on at The petition is to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act. The petition needs 150 signatures to go live on the site, and then 25,000 by Jan. 16 to be considered. It won't help the WA and CO legalization moves, but would make medical marijuana legal federally and allow research and development of cannabis based medicines easier. Please sign!

  14. 1

    RumpWax said on Dec 15, 2012

    Now this is an article that makes me smile, thank you Washington State's Sheriff's Office. I encourage everyone in washington to be as respectful and mature as possible while medicating, Let's show them we know how to get stoned like adults.

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