Seattle’s Finest to Protect and Serve (Doritos) at Hempfest
Seattle continues its steady climb toward utopia this weekend as its police force prepares to descend on the 22nd Annual Seattle Hempfest… to give away free bags of Doritos.
Amid the jam bands and bong booths, Seattle police officers will use reasonable force to suppress the munchies at the pro-pot festival, at least until the last of their 1,000 bags is gone.
This essential public service has a secondary goal. Each one-ounce bag of chips will have have a label with basic information about I-502, Washington’s groundbreaking new marijuana law. The labels also encourage festivalgoers to scope out the Seattle Police Department’s FAQ page, titled “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use in Seattle.”
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told the Associated Press. “It’s meant to be ironic. The idea of police passing out Doritos at a festival that celebrates pot, we’re sure, is going to generate some buzz.”
The labels will remind revelers that even though voters legalized marijuana for adult recreational use in November, public use is still prohibited. The police expect many of the festival’s cannabis enthusiasts to smoke in the open anyway, but they will be issuing gentle warnings rather than writing tickets.
It’s still illegal to sell marijuana and to possess or use it if you’re under 21. Whitcomb warned the Hempfest crowd to expect enforcement of those laws. Police will also be watching festival traffic for drivers who may be one toke over the line.
Hempfest is popular for its free outdoor concerts and celebration of cannabis culture, but the festival’s mission has always been to educate the public and promote marijuana law reform. Now that marijuana is legal in the festival’s home state, the political agenda will focus on reform at the federal level.
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