|A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante)
Pete Holmes figured it would be Canada first. Seattle's city attorney thought his northern neighbours would be the first to take marijuana possession out of the courts.
But at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, after a successful ballot initiative last month, Washington State enters the history books by legalizing possession of up to an ounce of pot.
"In a lot of ways you're way ahead of us," Holmes says of Canada, but not when it comes to taking the crime out of pot use.