Legal marijuana is for sale in Washington. Seattle’s city attorney celebrated by making his own purchase.


Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes shakes hands with clerk Pam Fenstermacher after purchasing marijuana at Cannabis City on Tuesday. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Marijuana officially — well, legally — is now for sale in the state of Washington. Legal sales began Tuesday, two years after voters approved the sale of marijuana. The photo above shows Pete Holmes, the Seattle city attorney, purchasing four grams of OG Pearl (for $80). “I’m here to mark this date by personally exercising this amazing new freedom,” Holmes said. (When legal marijuana sales started in Colorado this year, Denver’s city attorney opted not to make such a purchase.)

Here’s a guide to marijuana in Washington, including where to buy marijuana in the state and what will happen to taxes levied on marijuana sales.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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