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June 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Photos: The most important moments on the road to legal pot

There have been many milestones on the road to legal pot, and our photographers have been there to document the most important moments.

1 Initiative-502 gets enough signatures to go on the ballot

People arriving at Hempfest pass a New Approach marijuana legalization petition in Seattle on Friday, August 19, 2011. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

People arriving at Hempfest pass a New Approach marijuana legalization petition in Seattle on  Aug. 19, 2011. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

2 Rick Steves headlines pro-legalization tour around Washington

Travel guru Rick Steves toured the state advocating for Initiative 502. He spoke Monday at a pro I-502 rally at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Travel guru Rick Steves toured the state advocating for Initiative 502. He spoke at a pro I-502 rally at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth in October, 2012. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

3 On election night, voters approve pot legalization

After I-502 leader Allison Holcomb announced the campaign's victory,  the crowd went crazy including Natalia Fior of Edmonds, who is waving the 502 sign. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

After I-502 leader Alison Holcomb announced the campaign’s victory on Nov. 6, 2012, the crowd went crazy including Natalia Fior of Edmonds, who is waving the 502 sign. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

4 Revelers celebrate pot legalization on election night

A 30-year-old woman smokes marijuana during a street party in Capitol Hill, Seattle after the pot legalization campaign announced its victory. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

A 30-year-old woman smokes marijuana during a street party in Capitol Hill, Seattle after the pot-legalization campaign announced its victory Nov. 6, 2012. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

5 On the first day of legal pot, revelers hold a "smoke-in" at Seattle Center

John Sanders, the chair of the music department at Edmonds Community College, holds up an ounce of marijuana as hundreds gathered at a smoke-in to celebrate marijuana legalization. Sanders said he wasn't smoking that night, but wanted to demonstrate his right to carry. (Photo by Colin Diltz / The Seattle Times)

John Sanders, the chair of the music department at Edmonds Community College, holds up an ounce of marijuana as hundreds gathered at a December 6, 2012 smoke-in to celebrate marijuana legalization. Sanders said he wasn’t smoking that night, but wanted to demonstrate his right to carry. (Photo by Colin Diltz / The Seattle Times)

6 Hundreds turn out for first Seattle public hearing on pot rules

Kirk Ludden, from left, Daniel Stevens and Dan Skokie read before a marijuana forum hosted by the state Liquor Control Board at Seattle City Hall Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Kirk Ludden, from left, Daniel Stevens and Dan Skokie read before a marijuana forum hosted by the state Liquor Control Board at Seattle City Hall on Jan. 24, 2013. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

7 Interim police chief marches in rally for pot

Seattle Police Deparment's Interim Chief Jim Pugel, speaks at a rally at Westlake Park, for the Cannabis Freedom March, in Seattle, on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Police Deparment’s Interim Chief Jim Pugel, speaks at a rally at Westlake Park, for the Cannabis Freedom March, in Seattle, on  May 11, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

8 One year after legalization, Seattle sanctions first pot-smoking event

It's a cool night to light up a fatty. A toker named, "John The Freak" lights up a large roll of weed as marijuana smokers gather and watch in an enclosure to celebrate the first anniversary of legal recreational pot in Washington state at the Seattle Center on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

It’s a cool night to light up a fatty. A toker named, “John The Freak” lights up a large roll of weed as marijuana smokers gather and watch in an enclosure to celebrate the first anniversary of legal recreational pot in Washington state at the Seattle Center on  Dec. 6, 2013. (Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

9 State issues first pot-growing license

Sean Green, center at right, holds the recreational marijuana license he was just issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Sean Green, center at right, holds the recreational marijuana license he was just issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board on  March 5, 2014, in Olympia. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

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