SPD officers to supply Hempfest munchies

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DoritosSEATTLE — Do you have any more Cooler Ranch chips, officer?

This is what thousands of hemp enthusiasts and pot smokers could be asking Seattle police officers at the city’s annual Hempfest this weekend. Officers will hand out “bags of Doritos,” with stickers providing links to the rules and regulations of Initiative 502, the law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Washington.

Cops will be handing out the favorite snack as a way to celebrate hemp and encourage people to “learn the rules and that they respect the vote,” police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told the Stranger. There’s also a website link, which sends individuals to SPD’s Marijwhatnow pamphlet and outlines the rules of I-502 and reminds citizens that recreational use of pot is legal, but selling and growing it remains illegal until I-502 is permitted and regulated by the state.

The funding for the chip handout came from a private foundation and police plan to distribute about 1,000 bags of Doritos over the weekend.

Whitcomb told the Stranger that police will continue a long-standing tradition and not issue tickets for public smoking at Hempfest — the spirit of Initiative 502 will govern the event, he said.

Hempfest starts at 12 p.m. Friday in Seattle’s Sculpture Park and runs through 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the event, click here.

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  • Xuven

    SPD can be around in a non aggressive manner, yet be available if some jerk decides to get out of line with the spirit of Hempfest and get violent. If SPD conducts themselves properly the can start to rebuild the trust and respect that they have lost due the actions of a few bad apples.

  • cenflaguy

    Perhaps in MY lifetime …Florida will emerge from the dark ages, and my M.S. & Cancer and I wont have to break their silly laws..

  • JusDav

    got to love this. it is illegal to sale / sell this herb. so now baggies are going for 40-60 $US. the pot is free, but the baggies are WAY overpriced.. LOL

    cheers and light em up for us in the backwards states.


  • jeff

    People may be able to smoke up, not to mention that smoking tobacco is considered bad for the left in this country. Why is it that pot is considered medicinal and helpful, but it's more carcinogenic tobbaco could ever be, am I missing something? Could it be the politicians and other groups have some type of self interest in this game of profit and capitalism. What about the other trade offs that come this Cheech and Chong syndrome? Instead of having druggies in jail, we'll just have more people who are in jail for robbery and property damage. If the legislature and governor had any balls they would put this issue on hold.