SEATTLE- Crowds of angry college students protesting under Seattle’s Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Washington state is the first in the nation to legalize marijuana possession for recreational use.
Hundreds of sober SU undergraduate students gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, defeated moans and boo’s erupted in unison.
“This blows” David Shaw, a junior at Seattle University, told the reporter crossly, “I can just buy a joint legally now! What’s the point anymore?!”
Shaw is among many Washington college students who were disappointed to see the passing of this law. The new law allows anyone 21 or older to possess 1 ounce (28.5 grams) or less of pot for personal recreational use, which would disenfranchise most college students from obtaining drugs illicitly.
“It was never about the pot.” Stephanie Johnson, Class of 2013, took a last puff of her joint at 11:59 p.m., “I only smoked this stuff because it was illegal… to stand up to the man. I never actually wanted legalization [of marijuana], now I have nothing to be angry about!”
|College demonstrators in Seattle find themselves bored out of their mind after a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.|
Johnson, upon the stroke of midnight, stomped out her joint and handed a small plastic bag of marijuana to the reporter, stating that she will have no reason to get high anymore.
Experts suggest that the implementation of the law will have detrimental effects on the marijuana industry, though it’s still early to accurately measure the impact this law will have on the overall economy.
Gov. Christine Gregoire still has yet to respond to the demonstrations on Thursday.
Colorado is scheduled to enact a similar law on January 5; thousands of college students there are already voluntarily forced to stop smoking in protest.
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