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Legalized it! Washington pot possession ballot kicks in


Washington Initiative 502, which makes it legal for adults aged 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, will go into effect on Thursday. State penalties for possession will officially be eliminated, and excise taxes like those applied to alcohol and tobacco sales will be enacted.

The ballot, approved by a 55.5 per cent majority, will make Washington the first state to officially allow recreational marijuana use in the US.

A similar measure passed in Colorado will be implemented no later than January 6.

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