Pot goes legal in Washington State on Thursday

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, Nov....

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 27, 2012. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante)

Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

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.


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