Stoners Celebrate Legal Weed at the Space Needle: the Instagram Photos

Legalized Marijuana in Washington – Seattle gets high under the Space NeedleAt the stroke of midnight "no later than December 6th, 2012" Initiative 502 went into effect. To celebrate this historical moment, and the beginning of the end of prohibition of Marijuana in the states of Washington and Colorado, pot enthusiast gathered under the Seattle Space Needle to toke in the new law. Although it is still illegal to smoke in public, it was a fairly mellow bunch, and there were no police killing the buzz. This is a historical first for the United States to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If you would like to licence the high res version of this video or any of the raw footage from this piece, please contact me, and I can get it to you ASAP!2012-12-06T12:16:25.000Z

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.

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