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Pot users blaze up in celebration

By Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist, ianc@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 06 2012 08:34:27 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 09:19:05 PM CST
Pot smokers blaze up
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Smokers in Spokane lit up inside their own homes today as, for the first time, it was legal.

Jennifer -- she asked that her last name not be used -- said that she and her friends smoke occasionally, but on Thursday they needed to enjoy the new law.

Jennifer is a 32-year-old student of health information management. She's smoked since she was 14 for pain and for fun.

"Depending on, like, who I get it from, it just, basically makes me mellow," she explained.

She said she voted for I-502 and cheered with her friends when it passed.

"I was celebrating, I was on Facebook going, 'Yes'," Jennifer said.

She buys marijuana from friends and isn't concerned about getting caught when buying.

"I'm not really worried about anything, I've never been busted for it by the cops or anything," she said.

However not every pot smoker completely agrees with the new law.

"It's a good thing, and I think it's a bad thing," Darren McCrea said.

Medicinal marijuana user and Spocannabis founder Darren McCrea thinks the DUI limit should be higher because pot stays in your system for a long time.

Overall, though, he said it's a plus for the pot community.

"The world is going to benefit from this. It needed to happen somewhere, we needed to take a stand," McCrea said.

Smokers like Jennifer are happy. She lights up her pipe or bong -- usually -- just once on the weekends. But Thursday was cause for celebration.

"We don't have to really hide anymore, when we do smoke it," she said.

Jennifer said she and her friends believe the ounce limit is fair and said for smokers like her it's an amount they feel comfortable carrying.

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