OREGON: The smoke rose in bursts from the crowd and mingled in a hazy cloud. Those who weren’t too busy inhaling cheered when midnight struck.
It was July 1 and recreational marijuana had just become legal in Oregon.
“This is history in the making,” said Leeyah Pham of Portland as her friends took turns at a marijuana pipe.
Hundreds of people took over the Burnside Bridge’s north sidewalk Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, spilling into the roadway and blocking multiple lanes at various points throughout the night. It was loud and energetic, with activists stirring up the crowd with megaphone-powered chants like “Free the weed” and “F**k the DEA,” people openly smoking marijuana and equally openly sharing it.