Cops Dealing Doritos at Hempfest in Seattle!
August 22nd, 2013
Categories : Blog
This year's Hempfest in Seattle (August 16th through 18th) will be a memorable "protestival" for all stoners and medical marijuana users - let it melt on your tongue, the police will be handing out Doritos! There is only a small catch to the case; the Dorito bags have an affixed label urging people to check out a question-and-answer post on the website of the department, it is titled "Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle." It explains some of the nuances of Washington's law: For example, that adults are allowed to possess up to an ounce but can not sell it or give it to others, that driving under the influence of marijuana is still utterly illegal, and that – aside from festivals – public use remains illegal. Although the police will not be ticketing or arresting people for smoking pot in public, officers will be there to ensure public safety and intoxicated drivers leaving the event will be prosecuted. Common sense, but we can not stress it out too often. Roger Roffman, a professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work and marijuana dependence expert will be offering informational cards noting that marijuana, while used safely by most people, can cause short-term memory loss, affect your ability to drive and cause dependence.
Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, the spokesman of the department said that "this will be fun, because the idea of police dealing Doritos at a Hempfest will surely stir some hype" - and it will be even more fun for the visitors knowing the police won't be making arrests for use or possession of weed, provided the visitors stay within the legal brackets and peacefully listen to the music and gaze at the Olympic Mountains in the distance while enjoying their green medicine in celebration the passing of Initiative 502 last fall and the victories for the cannabis communities in Washington and Colorado, in which marijuana became legal just recently. McPeak said that he feels that it is very important to remind all the people that cannabis is not legal anywhere and the job is not done yet, but admits that this year's Hempfest IS a kind of victory celebration.
Hempfest executive director Vivian McPeak and other organizers expect as many as 85,000 people each day of the festival and while there is no admission fee, visitors are asked to contribute $10 to offset the $7-800,000 cost of the festival so it can be continued in the following year.
The festival will feature 117 musical acts and more than 100 speakers on six different stages, not to mention 400 vendors handing out informational pamphlets, glass bongs, food and art related to cannabis.