Washington state’s new law legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana took effect Thursday and stoners gathered at the Space Needle at midnight to show just how fired up they are.

Historic!

Of course, it isn’t actually legal to smoke up in public.

Not that that stopped anyone. The Seattle Police Department isn’t quite ready to enforce the new law and says that “adult personal use remains the City’s lowest law enforcement priority.”

Police plan to rely on “helpful reminders” until the state or city “gives officers clear direction on how to deal with the provisions of I-502 prohibiting public use of marijuana.” More from the Seattle Police Department:

In the meantime, in keeping with the spirit of I-502, the department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.

Does this mean you should flagrantly roll up a mega-spliff and light up in the middle of the street? No. If you’re smoking pot in public, officers will be giving helpful reminders to folks about the rules and regulations under I-502 (like not smoking pot in public).  But the police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.

So, uh, smoke ’em if you got ’em! You have the police department’s blessing.

  • TwitWit

    Washington’s next law will be to force pot dealers to accept EBT.. you know.. it’s only fair. Can’t discriminate. I’m sure the ACLU already has prepared a lawsuit.

    • stuckinIL4now

      Yeah, and then they can sell tons of extra munchies along with the pot and really clean up.

    • beastdogs8

      As a conservative who works in the medical field and sees first hand the day in and day out the damage people do to themselves with drugs, and the very large damage path their drug use always leaves, which includes the destruction of their families and children lives, this would be horrifying eye opening to most people, if they got see it first hand like I do. Now that some states have gone with the foolishly insane route of legalizing pot (just for starters), the unforeseen problems will be the overwhelming of the medical system, as foolish morons will see legalization of the the drug, must now mean it is now OK and safe, which will lead more people, due to their stupidity, overdosing and tying up our already busy emergency rooms. Which will end up delaying care to true and real emergencies, sorry your child died because were we were tied up dealing with a bunch of ODed pot heads. My wife’s sister started with pot and quickly moved on to crack, heroin, and so on, she would vanish for days to multiple months, she could not hold a job, she would even dump her child off at her mothers and would vanish, she sold her body, nothing else mattered to her but getting that next high. She has been clean for a few years now, but if you ask her, she will tell you that she is never really clean, the urge to return to her drug addicted life pops up out of the blue at any time, and is very difficult to fight off, Legalizing drugs to appease a few pot heads is not worth the multiple and disastrous problems that will result from it.

      • TwitWit

        true facts of a sad reality.

      • Tess

        1. Are there really a lot of “ODed pot heads”? Seriously?

        2. “Crack, heroin, and so on” are still illegal, and based on all studies I’m aware of, are much more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.

        3. Think of the huge “damage path” that alcoholism leaves.

        I know plenty of people who smoked pot in college and went on to be perfectly productive citizens, and there are apparently people (though not in my personal acquaintance) who continue to use pot regularly and have no trouble holding down productive jobs. Similarly, there are plenty of drinkers that don’t become alcoholics.

        But people who abuse alcohol (or pot, or gambling, or whatever else) create immense problems for themselves and those around them. We don’t ban everything that can be dangerous if abused. This seems likea valid member of that category.

        Sincerely,

        Someone who doesn’t have the slightest interest in smoking pot and only drinks alcohol a few times a year.

        • beastdogs8

          Yes I am serious, and you need to grow up and see that yes, the world is really full of dangers and, is not a beer commercial or one of the TV shows you watch where all is well in 45 minutes (15 min for commercials). I could care less what your pot head friends do, if they want to break the law, they do that at their own risk and own stupidity. But I see the dangers day in and day out of what drug use and addiction does, I see the damage it leaves in its wake, and it involves more that their own selfish, self centered lives, the damage it leaves is extensive I witnessed it first hand with my wife’s sister struggles. So you want to try and lecture me that we must make these pot heads feel better about themselves, ah you can go to hell on that one. Legalizing drugs would be one of the dumbest things this country could ever do, I have no tolerance at all for drugs.

          • Tess

            > I could care less what your pot head friends do, if they want to break the law, they do that at their own risk and own stupidity

            Actually, the whole point of the discussion is that it’s no longer breaking the law in the state of Washington.

            I’m sorry you have had negative personal experiences with drug abusers. I have had negative personal experiences with alcohol abusers, but that doesn’t mean that banning alcohol is the best public policy solution.

          • DreadPirateStarbucks

            Smoking marijuana in public is still against the law, though.

          • beastdogs8

            Like it or not, it still violates federal law and therefore still illegal. My state can pass a law allowing me to have a machine gun if they want, but if I do not have a current federal licences to own one, I will have the ATF knocking down my door and arresting me. Oh I see alcohol issues come into my ER, but not as often as drug OD’s, and drug OD’s are more of the ones were the outcomes usually does not end well, even if the victim some how survives, there is almost always permanent damage.

          • Tess

            > I could care less what your pot head friends do, if they want to break the law, they do that at their own risk and own stupidity

            Actually, the whole point of the discussion is that it’s no longer breaking the law in the state of Washington.

            I’m sorry you have had negative personal experiences with drug abusers. I have had negative personal experiences with alcohol abusers, but that doesn’t mean that banning alcohol is the best public policy solution.

        • beastdogs8

          Yes I am serious, and you need to grow up and see that yes, the world is really full of dangers and, is not a beer commercial or one of the TV shows you watch where all is well in 45 minutes (15 min for commercials). I could care less what your pot head friends do, if they want to break the law, they do that at their own risk and own stupidity. But I see the dangers day in and day out of what drug use and addiction does, I see the damage it leaves in its wake, and it involves more that their own selfish, self centered lives, the damage it leaves is extensive I witnessed it first hand with my wife’s sister struggles. So you want to try and lecture me that we must make these pot heads feel better about themselves, ah you can go to hell on that one. Legalizing drugs would be one of the dumbest things this country could ever do, I have no tolerance at all for drugs.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.perlsteinmizrachi Jesse Perlstein-Mizrachi

          Actually there was one guy who was murdered with an IV drip of concentrated thc a while back. I heard it probably took $300k to drop him at growers cost, which would have been a few mil on the street. I’m not sure who really can afford to od on pot.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.perlsteinmizrachi Jesse Perlstein-Mizrachi

          Actually there was one guy who was murdered with an IV drip of concentrated thc a while back. I heard it probably took $300k to drop him at growers cost, which would have been a few mil on the street. I’m not sure who really can afford to od on pot.

      • http://twitter.com/redsoxunixgeek Smitty 

        You know of course you can’t OD on Pot right? When was the last time someone high took out a family after sparking a bowl? (Never) However, we allow people to drink – and those who choose to drive after drinking too much make more impacts, on more individual lives, and their communities, than any one who smokes a bit of weed.

        Because your Wife Sister got hooked on other substances everyone else is going to be just like her? I know many people who smoke pot, and have never touched anything else.

        For the Party of “Freedom” and “Individual Liberty” ya’ll seem a bit to pre-occupied with who is having sex with whom, and what people are ingesting…

        • beastdogs8

          For stares you can OD on anything including water, (it is called water toxicity) many medications people take to keep them in their healthy state have very narrow therapeutic ranges, and going outside those ranges can harm them and even kill them. I love when pot advocates try and bring up alcohol to try and justify pot it is funny and scary at the same time. For starters alcohol does have redeeming value to heart health and function but only in moderation, a glass of wine of a glass of beer can be also enjoyed for its taste and there are non alcohol beers available as well. Drugs such as pot, crack, heroin, cocaine and so on, are only done by the user to get high and get high alone, there is no redeeming value to them at all, one hospital telemetry unit I worked at always had cocaine induced MI’s (people positive for a heart attack due to using crack or cocaine) on the unit. Pot was the gateway drug for my wife’s sister and she quickly moved on to other drugs on top of the pot. You claim you know people that smoke pot only, how can you be sure of that, most of the people that come to the ER I work at for a drug OD test positive for pot as well as other illegal substances as well, pot with meth and/or opium (morphine pain patches) seem to be very popular now. Yes I love freedom and I live in the country and like to left alone, but I also have a young child who, I love dearly and will not tolerate any pot head morons trying to talk here into trying that poison, I have no tolerance for drugs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.perlsteinmizrachi Jesse Perlstein-Mizrachi

      Actually probably food stamps, you can’t buy pot legally in the us except with cash.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.perlsteinmizrachi Jesse Perlstein-Mizrachi

      Actually probably food stamps, you can’t buy pot legally in the us except with cash.

  • Lady 12

    Oh, Seattle… You’re such a beautiful city, but you’ve been trashed by all these nasty, whiny urchins. A pearl cast before swine… I’m crying for my home city right now.

    • TWG2A

      Indeed, Marta. I was born and raised there, but had to leave a few years ago because it’s become a communist pit of scum. I miss my home State, but I do not miss the commies there. It’s the belly of the beast.

      • Lady 12

        Communist, and anarchist, and environmentalist… Pretty much everything bad. Lowest church attendance in the country. Legal gay marriage – even California repealed that. How is it that one of the best places in earth got infested with this nasty scum?

        • thetreyman

          the damned spotted owl sent them all invitations.

          • Lady 12

            It must have, because nothing else that’s native to Washington wants them there.

        • thetreyman

          the damned spotted owl sent them all invitations.

    • http://twitter.com/Phelpsy64 Disciple

      I love Seattle and would like to live there someday, but I fear it may not be the same when that time comes.

      • Lady 12

        Seattle is such a beautiful city, and I have no idea how it got swamped by people who are ruining it!

  • smb04d

    I wanna order some pizza and have a Lord of the Rings Marathon! “You shall not pass!!!!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    soon… overdose… >:)

    • v1cious

      God I hope you’re being sarcastic.

    • v1cious

      God I hope you’re being sarcastic.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Aren’t the libturds screaming and gnashing their teeth over the affects that second-hand pot smoke will have on the children in the homes of these tokers?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      No, man! Ya see, pot is natural, man! Pot isn’t harmful like tobacco, pot is a PLANT, man!

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

        Same exact things were said about tobacco in the 1950s

        • Darth_Venomous

          Respectfully, Brian – I believe that was his point.

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

            My mistake, thank you

      • http://twitter.com/redsoxunixgeek Smitty 

        No, Because Pot does not have the chemical additives that cigarette Tobacco does, same with cigars which are *usually* additive free.

        Smoke a cigar = smoking tobacco

        Smoking a bowl = Smoking weed

        Smoking a cigarette = Tobacco + 600 other chemicals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_additives_in_cigarettes

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          I didn’t mention cigarettes, you did. My sarcasm was between marijuana and tobacco, which are both natural plants.

          One big difference between the two is that in the early years of our country, when BOTH plants were legal to grow and consume, tobacco helped to build the country as a taxable, exportable commodity.

          Could marijuana do the same? Who knows. But if you want your choice of weed legal, make the case for it’s benefits rather than demonizing the other.

          Have another hit, man. Relax.

  • TomJB

    Wonder what would have happened if someone sidled up near a cop at the “demonstration” and lit up a Marlboro

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I hope they would have been charged with “felony personal freedom” and thrown into jail immediately!!

    • TWG2A

      Yeah, no kidding, These are the “people” who treat cigarette smokers as if they’ve just raped a child and kicked a homeless person to death.

  • Janettamc

    Legalizing pot makes it easier for us to lose our other liberties. The Odummers will rape and pillage our country.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jkm.jm.7 Jkm Jm

      Seema like you could make the case that it makes it easier to get and keep other freedoms.

  • Aaron Mason

    Testicular fortitude in D.C. is sorely lacking.
    Over 7 decades of lies and propaganda, industrial hemp stagnation,
    trillions of dollars wasted, millions incarcerated……all for nothing,
    all for a “crime” with no victim. What a waste. Marijuana is harmless
    but prohibition will destroy you. Full legalization nation wide and
    subsidies for industrial hemp research, that is the only way to make up
    for the shameful actions of our government for the last 70+ years of
    failure.

  • TWG2A

    What a bunch of dumbasses. They have, knowingly or not, chosen to be legally stoned rather than legally armed. They’ve willingly relinquished their Second Amendment rights. Stupid stoners.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      They’ll be much easier to enslave when the country devolves into anarchy. Even when not stoned, they are “herd animals.”

  • Silenttype78

    Because I am an ultra libertarian I actually wish there were less drug laws.
    It’s not because I like drugs,but because after a few years we could really do away with an awful lot of other laws and precautions.

    I wish we would let people be stupid.
    We are paying a big price by keeping them from hurting themselves.

    • Shane Williams Sr.

      Dennis Leary: “I think we should remove all of the woarning labels and let natural selection work itself out” 100% in agreement with ya there silenttype78

      • Lady 12

        You, sir, have given me hope for my dear home. If natural selection works, then this may be the best thing to happen to Washington. Thank you.

    • Vennoye

      I ceased being in the business of saving people from themselves on November 6, 2012. Let them roll. Thank heavens all my family lives, as I do, in a stupid, backward Red State….!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jkm.jm.7 Jkm Jm

        I hear ya.

    • SpinMeNot

      And, I believe over time, you’d find there was a lot less drug use. Amsterdam comes to mind, not a lot of the locals are smoking weed in the coffee houses, some but not a lot. Mostly tourists. But then again, they going to forcibly move “annoying” people into manufactured housing blocks. Can anyone say Warsaw, 1940 …

      Yeah, maybe Amsterdam wasn’t a good example. But your point is a good one — lets get rid of the warning labels. If you aren’t smart enough to not drink the drain cleaner, well isn’t that what Darwinism is all about …

      *waits for the sound of exploding liberal heads*

      • beastdogs8

        I have to disagree with you a lot on this one, the election this November showed me that there are a lot of stupid and gullible people in this country. And because there are a lot of stupid and gullible people, they will believe that legal must mean that it is OK and safe. I work in the medical field and we are overwhelmed as it is right now, and we will get even busier once Obama care fully kicks in, and then you want to throw in legalizing drugs in which morons. will start experimenting with drugs because, they believe that because they are now legal, it must be safe to use them. Legalizing drugs to appease a few pot heads, will be one of the worst things this country could ever do.

        • SpinMeNot

          That is a fair point — it is entirely plausible.

          *hat-tip*

          • beastdogs8

            Thanks man, I still care about this country very much, but as i said other post, I think we have reached a point our history where maybe a divorce between the more conservative states and the liberal blue ones is called for. The differences between the left and the right are polar opposites and there will never be any common ground, the left has fully embraced the failed policies of socialism, and as a conservative I embrace freedom so why on earth would I want to live anywhere near the left.

  • vino veritas

    Yeah, because we all know how just how beneficial and consequence-free legalizing alcohol turned out to be, right?? So lets just legalize SOME MORE mind-altering substances for public consumption! No bad consequences to be seen there! Just wait until DUI’s start to spike in heavy proportions, all pot related. Then we will see the death toll double & triple from DUI related accidents, all thanks to this stupid irresponsible new law. The backlash from the families of the grieving will be impossible for the media (and EVERYONE ELSE who supported this disgusting garbage) to ignore and, hopefully, the idiots in LE who supported this measure will be forced to eat their badges and resign in utter shame.. as they deserve to. Then the avalanche of lawsuits against the state can start to begin. Everyone who supported this ARE equally responsible for the deaths that will come of it. More casualties produced from the fallout of liberal-minded libertarian influence.

    • Shane Williams Sr.

      Prohibition NEVER works. Can we say Al Capone? Seriously… it’s a personal matter and should be legal. If we spent half as much on helping the homeless or fixing the broken economy or the jobless, we would still be better off. You realize how much money it takes to secretly go into other countries to destroy crops, police the border, fedrally and locally fight this so called crime and house everyone in jails from the worst dealer to the casual user? You seriously need to wake up and smell the government control.

      FYI- I dont use and wont use but support the right for people to make their own choice in that regard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jkm.jm.7 Jkm Jm

        Agree. Let’s not get all “Reefer Madness” here and play out a conservative stereotype. We’re for individual freedom. (and talking about pot like it is s meth makes our side look dumb.

        • vino veritas

          Cannabis/Pot is dangerous, point of fact. Non-medicinal use/abuse of it is dangerous. Just because it doesn’t have the same effect or severity as a harder drug like meth does not mean it is NOT dangerous. This is what pot heads would like the world to believe but it is completely false. There is also historical truth behind the slippery slope argument against legalization of any mind altering substance. Fact is, California legalized medicinal marijuana dispensaries and they have had nonstop problems with it since then. Many dispensaries are acting as drug depots now for people using medical prescriptions to become pot suppliers for street dealers. This obvious logical flow was warned about many times before and, of course, here we are dealing with an even bigger problem now.

          • Tess

            > Many dispensaries are acting as drug depots now for people using medical prescriptions to become pot suppliers for street dealers.

            This becomes much less of a problem if smoking pot is legal. Legalization and taxation of pot has the potential to (a) put a lot of drug dealers out of business, (b) raise more revenue by taxing stupid people.

            It’s a win/win, really.

      • vino veritas

        No, recreational drug use is most certainly NOT a personal matter. It greatly affects society at large and the families of those who abuse it. That statement is a ludicrous and a nonfactual statement to make. Al Capone, FYI, was gangster not a just bootlegger. People, especially libertarians, who like to use him as some sort of shining example for the supposed failure of prohibition and a justification for legalizing everything toxic really need to get educated on the difference and on the man, as well, before they open their mouths.

        His organization was the base infrastructure on which the Chicago Outfit was established when the LCN was 1st formed. The Outfit and its mother organization LCN are/were one the most powerful organized criminal cartels in history. He went from a dime store gangster in NY to a hired hitter and dope dealer working for various old school mustache pete’s (old Italian wiseguy bosses from the old country who started running their own outfits here, pre-LCN) in various cities before settling in Chicago with his eventual boss, Johnny Torrio (also the man who he would set up for assassination in order to take his spot as a boss).
        To make a long story short though, Capone and his kind (gangsters, in general) did not just become criminals because of bootlegging or prohibition. A ridiculous notion to anyone who knows any of the basics about Organized Crime. They were already gangsters long before that with long rap sheets, coming and going in and out of prisons their whole lives because that IS who they were. The gangsters of today are no different. Its the same mentality and it will not change, meaning they will not stop going out and creating profitable criminal ventures because you legalize something. Unions are legal and look what they did with that: Can you say LAS VEGAS & ATLANTIC CITY? Don’t you know anything about how the unions ever got as powerful as they did to begin with? If the demand is there, they WILL fulfill that demand their way and WILL make a profit off it any way they can. They can undercut the market many ways and use illegal means to make it much much harder for gov sanctioned producers to produce and sell unless they get their piece of it first and they wont be satisfied with small portions or have to deal with gov imposed quality controls or regs, either. They WILL adapt, improvise and innovate the racket until it is a multi-billion dollar industry solely in their pockets, as they have done many times before. Only that industry will be creating untold misery and death for the rest of the country because of the actions of a minority who wish to abuse these drugs for there personal pleasure.

        The disease which is alcoholism and the amount it costs this country every year in lives and dollars is undeniably proof enough that legalizing mind altering substances for recreational public usage HAS NOT EVER, CANNOT EVER AND WILL NOT produce anything beneficial to society. In fact, it has and will produce the opposite. You need to wake up to his fact my friend and stop with the over dramatic government oppression fable.
        I hate government control over our constitutional freedoms, of course, but that doesn’t mean I want to or would throw out common sense and responsible behavior along with that control just so our society doesn’t seem ‘oppressive’ to certain people with authority issues.

    • People Corporation

      LOL – hell of a nightmare scenario you have painted in your mind. You know what will cure that anxiety? A joint.

  • Joseph Phillips

    Brings to mind this dialogue from a certain certain movie:

    Jules Winnfield: Okay, so, tell me about the hash bars.
    Vincent Vega: So what you want to know?
    Jules: Well, hash is legal there, right?
    Vincent: Yeah, it’s legal, but it ain’t a hundred percent legal. I mean, you can’t walk into a restaurant, roll a joint, and start puffin’ away. They want you to smoke in your home or certain designated places.
    Jules: Those are hash bars?
    Vincent: Breaks down like this, okay: it’s legal to buy it, it’s legal to own it, and if you’re the proprietor of a hash bar, it’s legal to sell it. It’s illegal to carry it, but that doesn’t really matter ’cause, get a load of this, all right; if you get stopped by the cops in Amsterdam, it’s illegal for them to search you. I mean, that’s a right the cops in Amsterdam don’t have.

  • cgraham77

    And yet Seattle is one of the LEAST friendly cigarette-smoking cities.

    At any rate, glad I’m an EX-smoker (in all regards).

  • Stephanie Warren

    Maybe they’ll all get so high they’ll forget to vote next time. *crosses fingers*

  • Elena0412

    Soma for the masses!

  • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

    “smoking pot is harmless”

    Sure it is. Just look at all these people who are too stupid to realize that they’re breaking the law.

    • People Corporation

      If its the law that is a stupid ass, you have a duty to break it. Ask the Boston Tea Party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

    I am close to sixty and know high school buddies who have toked for over forty years without incident and in private. These pubilcity hounds in Seattle make it hard on them

    • BEISEL’S_coldsore

      Next will come your plea for your fellow glue sniffers …. They still drop by your shopping cart to say ……. ” wuhbehuufernupt ? ”

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

        How about your fellow child molesters.EFF OFF! By the way you waste of sperm just changed my user name so you can peed off and go play with yourself. Die you puke!

        • BEISEL’S_coldsore

          Dude you really spend too much time with man paste stuck to your forehead… the world pities you son, pity. Maybe in the next life you’ll work your way up to toilet bug or something a bit more evolved.

          • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

            Changed my mind do you actually think a pathetic,pus-filled,unemployable piece of garbage who hasnt had a woman in thirty years or a job in forty is any threat to me. Spew as much as you want

  • LordElrond09

    What will be next is the payment of treatment related to chronic recreational marijuanna use. Someone will sue their insurance company because they won’t pay for that treatment. You’ll see.

  • Fred Zanfardino

    The Seattle Police Department is a joke. Yeah, so let’s just let people fragrantly break the law so we can look oh so hip and cool in the eyes of morons. Also, nothing says hip and cool like sucking down toxins that make you act like a schmuck and turns you into a permanent idiot. And I guess the SPD does not care that no matter how “minor” a law is, if you allow it to be flaunted it fosters disrespect for both the law and the public.

    “Responsibly get baked?” If you’re “baked” (especially in public) you’re already irresponsible because you’re intoxicated and can no longer entirely control yourself! What’s next “responsibly getting drunk?” Maybe “responsibly committed robberies?”

    • People Corporation

      Do I care if someone is smoking a joint? No. Getting drunk? No. Robbing someone else of their rights Yes. So the committing robberies is closer to jailing/fining someone for having weed.

  • Fred Zanfardino

    Yeah, but funny enough, you still can’t smoke tobacco anywhere near any living thing in Seattle. Unbelievable.

  • BeeKaaay

    Yes, more Marxism. Get the people high under a new opiate of the masses.