After my show last night, I noticed a HUGE cloud of smoke over the city of Seattle as I was exiting on to I-5 North. What could it be?? Is a building on fire? Did a steam line break? Is the Space Needle burning?
Nope. Weed is legal now. And that big cloud of smoke I saw over Seattle was really just in my head the whole time, because I just made it all up to get you to keep reading.
However, hundreds DID gather outside the Space Needle in celebration of the clock striking 12:00am, Dec. 6 2012. But manyyyy questions still remain, and maybe you shouldn't be as quick to think this is permanent just yet. It is still ILLEGAL on the Federal level. More info below from NBCNews.com. [NBC]
Last night, just hours before legislation legalizing pot in her state went into effect, U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan of Washington warned residents that "growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law." State leaders have appealed to the Justice Department for guidance.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes encouraged celebrants to enjoy their highs inside closed doors.
"I think that they should acknowledge this newfound right," he told NPR station KUOW. "I think they should celebrate in the privacy of their homes if they choose to do so. And be thankful that we’re no longer arresting some 10,000 Washingtonians a year in the state of Washington and spending well over $100 million in law enforcement resources on that." Washington state will have a zero-tolerance policy on driving under the influence of the drug, however.
It's unclear whether the Justice Department will try to stop the decriminalization of pot in Washington and Colorado. The laws in both states allow adults 21 and older to possess a small amount of marijuana, which will be sold in state-licensed stores and taxed heavily, potentially bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars a year for school, health care and government needs.
All I'm saying is, GOOD LUCK TRYING TO HAVE A PIZZA DELIVERED AFTER 9PM IN WASHINGTON.