It’s December 6th – Marijuana and Gay Marriage Are Now Legal in Washington State
Marijuana and gay marriage are officially legal in Washington State beginning today. Voters approved initiatives on both items during the general election on November 6.
The legalization of marijuana is already causing a bit of confusion among officials who don't know how to address certain issues arising from the legalization.
Local police, for example, are wondering how to determine the legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana. And marijuana users are unclear on where they can smoke and where they can procure the drug.
Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Haggerty says he's dropping a couple of previous cases which now will be in compliance with the law.
It's likely Washington State and Colorado, which also approved legalization of marijuana on November 6, won't be the final two states to do so. A Quinnipiac University survey released yesterday found that 51 percent of Americans approved of the legalization of marijuana.
Gay marriage is liable to cause less confusion, as little is changing besides the wording on marriage licenses. Two hundred and seventy marriage licenses were issued this morning alone in Seattle. Some gay Yakima residents are planning on getting married now that the law is in effect.
"It's been a battle we've been fighting for years and it wasn't simply just to get married. It was to have the same equalities," said Yakima resident Bill Poores.
Dozens of gay couples were in line waiting to get married at the King County auditor's office. Folks waited in line in Pierce and Thurston Counties as well.