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Oregonians cheer pot legalization

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 00:58

Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts light up celebratory joints in the street as recreational use is officially made legal in Oregon. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Marijuana is now legal in Oregon. Hundreds lit up joints on the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland at midnight to celebrate the moment the new law went into effect. But smoking it in public is still illegal. And users must be 21 or older. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU, SGT. PETE SIMPSON, SAYING: "We really encourage people to use private locations, in their homes, and to be respectful of the fact that there are a lot of people who don't want to smell it." Roughly half the states in the U.S. allow marijuana for medical use. But only a handful of places allow recreational use -- Colorado, Washington state Washington, D.C, Alaska -- and now Oregon. The legislation -- backed by voters in November -- also paves the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year -- though some lawmakers want to block that. Apparently not a major concern at the moment for these party-goers.

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Oregonians cheer pot legalization

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 00:58