Grass Roots

The Beginning of the End of Pot Prohibition

Jamie Chung for TIME

These are heady days in parts of the American West. In November, the citizens of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana, and when the first of the new laws took effect on Dec. 6, happy tokers celebrated by lighting up beside Seattle's Space Needle. One group passed around a fat cigarette stuffed with Maui Wowie, which connoisseur Eric Widener, 26, partook of enthusiastically as a friend nearby praised the virtues of the "citrusy, very cerebral" strain. Although Washington's referendum did not countenance such public consumption, police were instructed not to write tickets. As doobies glowed in a purple Pacific Coast...

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