Washington state lights up as marijuana legalised
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Pot-smokers lit up in Washington state on Thursday as recreational marijuana became legal in a historic first for the United States (US), 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 Nov 6 referendum to legalise private consumption of marijuana for recreational use.
Some 200 people gathered at midnight (4pm Singapore time) outside Seattle's appropriately-named Space Needle, a futuristic tower that dominates the skyline, 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.