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Marijuana Now Legal In Washington With Some Restrictions
Washington state made history Thursday as it becomes the first in the country to legalize marijuana possession for adult recreational use.
Dozens of users celebrated near Seattle's famed Sapce Needle amid blaring reggae music and a haze of pot smoke.
The public gathering actually went against a key provision of the state's landmark marijuana law which forbids users from lighting up outside the privacy of their homes.
That underscores mixed messages law enforcement has conveyed about the statute.
Only hours earlier, Seattle's city attorney issued a stern warning that pot puffing in public would not be tolerated and violators would be fined $100.
But the Seattle Police Department instructed its officers to limit their enforcement actions to warnings at least for the time being.
Initiative 502 -- passed last month -- removed criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce, or 28-point-5 grams, of marijuana for personal recreational use. The initiative also legalizes possession of up to 16 ounces, point-4-5 of a kilogram, of solid cannabis-infused goods such as brownies or cookies and up to 72 ounces, two-point-four kilograms, of pot in liquid form.
Driving under the influence of weed remains illegal.