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Marijuana goes legal in Washington state amid mixed messages

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Wearing items representative of the state's historic events, Desiree Moore, a 20-year marijuana activist, takes a sip of her coffee at a marijuana smoke out event in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle's famed Space Needle tower on Thursday night with pipes, bongs and hand-rolled joints to celebrate Washington's new status as the first state in the nation to legalize pot for...more

Wearing items representative of the state's historic events, Desiree Moore, a 20-year marijuana activist, takes a sip of her coffee at a marijuana smoke out event in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle's famed Space Needle tower on Thursday night with pipes, bongs and hand-rolled joints to celebrate Washington's new status as the first state in the nation to legalize pot for adult recreational use. REUTERS/Jordan Stead
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Marijuana is seen in the hand of a person after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

Marijuana is seen in the hand of a person after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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People light up near the Space Needle after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

People light up near the Space Needle after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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A woman, identified only as "Hurricane," lights up after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

A woman, identified only as "Hurricane," lights up after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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People light up under the lights of the Space Needle after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

People light up under the lights of the Space Needle after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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A man lights up after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

A man lights up after the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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A man, who identified himself as "Professor Gizmo," lights up a pipe minutes before the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux

A man, who identified himself as "Professor Gizmo," lights up a pipe minutes before the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect in Seattle, Washington December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Cliff Despeaux
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