Pot-smokers lit up in Washington state Thursday as recreational marijuana became legal in a historic first for the United States, clouded by the fact that federal law still bans the practice.
Midnight pot parties were reported across the western US state as a new law came into force following a November 6 referendum to legalize private consumption of marijuana for recreational use.
Some 200 people gathered at midnight outside Seattle’s appropriately-named Space Needle, a futuristic tower that dominates the cityscape, to light up and celebrate their new-found freedom.
“You can smoke and not feel like a criminal. It’s really no different than having a beer or something, in fact I think it’s less dangerous,” Calvin Lee told the local Kiro 7 television station.
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