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November 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Rick Steves thrilled by pot measure’s success; others celebrate by lighting up

Travel writer Rick Steves was mobbed by supporters as he walked through the lobby of Hotel Andra, where proponents of I-502 were supporting their win.

“Great job, man! Masterfully played!” one man said, shaking his hand. “Rick, you’re my hero,” another said, stopping Steves for a photo.

Steves, a long-time proponent of liberal marijuana laws, said he didn’t believe anything would happen with consumption right away; in fact, he thought the law would make marijuana “less sexy” for people who liked to smoke because of its anti-establishment aura.

“It’s just not a big deal,” he said of marijuana use. Steves said he hoped the state would craft a “smart and mature law” from the initiative over the next year. “If we enact it responsibly, it would be very rash for the federal government and intervene.”

Like many at this party, Steves predicted that Washington will become a bellwether for the country and the initiative would be the beginning of legalization of pot.

As the celebration started to wind down, the lobby of the hotel carried a faint scent. There was no doubt about it: To celebrate, the supporters of I-502 were smoking a little weed.

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