Marijuana is now legal according to Washington state law, starting on Thursday. Voters decided to legalize it last month.
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DURATION: 1:03-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:SOURCE - KOMORESTRICTIONS: COURTESY KOMONEWS.COM, EMBARGO SEATTLE, WESTERN WASHINGTON (SEE RESTRICTIONS)KOMO FILE1. C/U Bag of marijuana2. C/U Rolling joint3. C/U Lighting joint4. M/S Marijuana plants growing5. M/S Marijuana plants growing6. M/S Person with marijuana plantSEATTLE/DECEMBER 5, 20127. SOUNDBITE: SEAN WHITCOMB/SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT(Transcript Below)SEATTLE (NO DATE AVAILABLE)8. W/S People on street9. W/S People, cars on street10. W/S People in restaurantFILE11. C/U Person smoking marijuanaSEATTLE/DECEMBER 5, 201212. SOUNDBITE: SEAN WHITCOMB/SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT(Transcript Below)SEATTLE/DECEMBER 5, 201213. W/S University of Washington Campus14. W/S College buildings15. SOUNDBITE: NORM ARKANS/UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDIA RELATIONS (transcript below)ASSOCIATED PRESSSEATTLE/NOVEMBER 7W/S People celebrating vote legalizing same-sex marriageVOICE-OVER SCRIPTTRACK-1MARIJUANA IS OFFICIALLY LEGAL IN WASHINGTON STATE STARTING ON THURSDAY.THE NEW LAW TAKING EFFECT ALLOWS ADULTS TO HAVE UP TO AN OUNCE OF POT FOR RECREATIONAL USE.AUTHORITIES SAY USERS SHOULD SMOKE PRIVATELY.SOUNDBITE: SEAN WHITCOMB/SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT"so the idea of someone smoking in public, they shouldn't be doing it. And if we deal with them, they could get a ticket.TRACK-2THAT MEANS NO MARIJUANA SMOKING AT CONCERTS, ON PUBLIC STREETS, OR IN PUBLIC PARKS.HOWEVER, BUSTING POT USERS WON'T BE A HIGH PRIORITY.SOUNDBITE: SEAN WHITCOMB/SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT."the joke might be that if you've got a guy drinking a beer on one corner, and a guy smoking a joint on the other, we're gonna go after the beer drinker first. Marijuana's still our lowest priority by city ordinance."TRACK-3ANOTHER PLACE WHERE POT WON'T BE LEGAL: MOST COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES.SOUNDBITE: NORM ARKANS/UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDIA RELATIONS:"what would happen is that it would put at risk a lot of federal funding that we receive. We receive a lot of research funding, our students receive federal pell grants."TRACK-4THERE'S ANOTHER BIG CHANGE IN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY.SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ALSO BECOMES LEGAL.SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.RESTRICTIONS SUMMARY:Courtesy KOMONEWS.COM;EMBARGO WESTERN WASHINGTON: Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Everett, Olympia. EMBARGO CANADA