Marijuana possession now legal in Washington State

Washington State residents over 21 can now legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

The pocession of marijuana is officially legal in Washington State.

In November, voters in Washington and Colorado approved a measure making recreation use of marijuana legal.

Residents over 21 can now possess up to an ounce of pot, but the state law bans public use of marijuana, which is punishable by a fine, just like drinking in public. Driving under the influence is still illegal.

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Meanwhile, Americaâ??s attitude toward marijuana has shifted in recent years.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 51 percent of the population is in favor of legalizing marijuana, compared to 41 percent who aren't.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)