Party to celebrate Wash. legal pot anniversary

SEATTLE (AP) — Today is
the first anniversary of the day Washington's legal marijuana law took
effect, and hundreds of people are expected to celebrate by lighting up
beneath the Space Needle at a party permitted by the city of Seattle.

activist Ben Livingston says it took him three months to persuade city
officials to grant him the permit, which was amended on Thursday to
double the party's capacity to 999 people. The free event begins at 4:20
p.m. in a tent set up behind a double perimeter fence at Seattle
Center, with any pot smoking occurring out of public view.

events scheduled tonight at the Seattle Center include the Winterfest
holiday lighting celebration, a Pacific Northwest Ballet performance of
the Nutcracker and a Pearl Jam concert.

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