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Please use your new right wisely

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The legalization of marijuana in Washington state has the rest of the world's attention. So it is that Washingtonians need to beware.
Besides federal authorities and those of other states, the powers-that-be of many other jurisdictions will be watching. If pot smokers in Washington misbehave, the naysayers will grab hold of this news like dogs to a bone.
Smoking pot under the Space Needle may have been a steam-releasing event. But make no mistake -- such displays will be easy fodder for those who would keep marijuana use a crime.
So while you citizens of Washington have new rights, you also have new and important responsibilities. Those of us to the north, and elsewhere, congratulate you on breaking new ground, but ask you to use your new freedom wisely.
Bruce Campbell
Vancouver, B.C.

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