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Just after midnight, Washington legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use for those over 21 under Initiative 502, which took effect Thursday, Dec. 6. 2012. A small partying crowd gathered to celebrate the new law beneath a glowing Space Needle. Public smoking is still against the law, and marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Colorado passed a similar measure. Photos by Daniel Berman/Northwest Leaf

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