Voters approve I-502 legalizing marijuana
Seattle Times staff reporter
ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Washington state voters made history Tuesday by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
Washington enthusiastically leapt into history Tuesday, becoming the first state, with Colorado, to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use.
Initiative 502 was winning 55 to 45 percent, with support from more than half of Washington’s counties, rural and urban.
The vote puts Washington and Colorado to the left of the Netherlands on marijuana law, and makes them the nexus of a new social experiment with uncertain consequences. National and international media watched as vote counts rolled into I-502′s election-night party in Seattle amid jubilant cheers.