As the clock struck 12 last night, hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts gathered beneath the Space Needle in Seattle to exercise their newly legalized habit. Modeling the festivities after Times Square’s New Years celebration, the huddled masses counted down the waning seconds of the state’s weed prohibition in unison, and then collectively puffed away. Police had been ordered to stand down in the hours leading up to midnight, and issue no citations regarding possession. In fact police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee threw his hat in the ring for best quote of the year by writing on the SPD blotter: “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”
Below are a few photos of the bash, and around Washington showing the locals well within their legal rights.