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ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Pictures of the Year from Seattle Times photographers

LETTING IT RIP On election night Nov. 6, a 30-year-old woman smokes marijuana at a street party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Throughout election night, I had been sending in pictures from the party celebrating passage of Initiative 502 legalizing pot. My editors asked for photos of people smoking pot as soon as possible. Luckily, I found some people my age passing around a joint on Pike Street. I asked if they trusted me to photograph their smoke-out while keeping their identities anonymous. Their consent allowed me to visually document one of the important aspects of the election.
-- Erika Schultz

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