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Seattle Celebrates Weed Legalization with More Weed

Posted: Dec. 10th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Matthew Ryan Williams/REDUX

Perhaps the first state to actually get this part of the drug war right, Seattle merrily added a dash of “nature's gift” to the menu when Washington's new law formally legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana came into effect. The new change clarifies the 1998 law which attempted to do the same. Needless to say, celebrations were widespread, enthusiastic, but 'mysteriously' chill.

Clouds of celebratory pot smoke went up at a few quiet outdoor celebrations yesterday, Day One of Washington State’s legalization of possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. But the people who pushed the groundbreaking new law to victory stayed conspicuously dull. “So boring,” is how Alison Holcomb, lead writer of the decriminalization measure that 55% of Washington voters approved in November, described her day. Her one indulgence: a private dinner with friends that was “a very mellow occasion” with “very tasty” food.


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