Marijuana now legal in Washington

Marijuana now legal in Washington

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On Thursday Washington became to first state to legalize the possession of marijuana.

Under federal law, marijuana is still illegal and federal agents could arrest anybody in possession of the drug.

However, that did not deter crowds of marijuana supporters from gather at midnight Thursday morning to light up.

Although the law only went into effect in Washington, marijuana supporters in Texas said it was a huge win for them as well.

"We're very excited about that," said Josh Schimberg of Texas NORML. "I know it was a very happy for many people who overnight became criminals and regular citizens were able to enjoy a harmless, harmless herb.

"Everybody really considers this the first in a long line of dominos that will fall just like the medical marijuana issue."

Under the Washington law it is legal to possess one ounce of marijuana. However, lighting up in a public place remains illegal just like alcohol.

Also, selling it, growing, and giving it away is illegal. Users in Washington will not be able to legally buy it until the liquor control board figures out rules for setting up retail shops.

An Austin Recover spokesperson said that even though it may be legal in that state does not mean it is good for people's health.

"It definitely produces anxiety, vivid dreams, insomnia, and that's all a part of withdrawal of marijuana," said Angela Vickrey of Austin Recovery.

Since marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, the Department of Justice could step in with a lawsuit to stop the state from producing and selling pot in stores.

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