Category: Society / December 6, 2012 4:10 PM EST
Washington state made history on Thursday (December 6) as the first in the nation to legalize marijuana possession for adult recreational use, an occasion celebrated by many.
Passed by voters last month as a ballot measure called Initiative 502, the new marijuana law removes criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce (28.5 grams) or less of pot for personal recreational use.
It also legalizes possession of up to 16 ounces (0.45 kg) of solid cannabis-infused goods - like brownies or cookies - and up to 72 ounces (2.4 kg) of weed in liquid form.
However, driving under the influence of cannabis, or smoking in public places, where the consumption of alcohol already is banned, remains illegal.
The new law ultimately will permit cannabis to be legally sold and taxed at state-licensed stores in a system to be modeled after those in many states for alcohol sales.