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Seattle Police To Hand Out Doritos at Hempfest

August 15, 2013  | 

Photo via Wikimedia.
Photo via Wikimedia.
Seattle Police officers will hand out bags of nacho-cheese Doritos Saturday at Hempfest to educate marijuana users about the state's new legal pot law.

The bags will include educational information affixed to them and a label with a link to the agency's "Marijwhatnow" FAQ explaining that adults can possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Operation Orange Fingers is being funded by the Seattle Police Foundation. Officers will give out about 1,000 bags of chips, reports the Seattle Times.

Tags: Seattle PD, Marijuana, Legalizing Drugs, Public Awareness Campaigns, Community Relations


Comments (12)

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Jelly @ 8/15/2013 3:51 PM

What a disgrace. What liberal idiot came up with this idea? You are an embarrassment to law enforcement. It would be a cold day in hell before I worked for a department that participated in such idiotic practices. I can only hope that someone gets this country on the right track soon before it is completely destroyed.

Chief John @ 8/16/2013 5:27 AM

What was this "Operation Street Munchies"? You don't have to educate the public about the new weed laws, believe me, those who smoke it already know about it. What are we doing, making sure we educate the housewife or librarian so if they decide to go ahead and smoke, they know the rules? To me this is just an enticement for people to start, that would never have before. Your tax dollars at work. Can't have new body armor, but we have munchie money!

SEATTLE -- WA @ 8/16/2013 7:03 AM

Way too much sodium and carbs. Not so great for fatties and those with high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues. What about apples or chilled grapes? This is hilarious.

DPB @ 8/16/2013 8:12 AM

Maybe the President and Eric Holder can conduct the opening ceremonies!

Cameron @ 8/16/2013 10:17 AM

Hey Chief... You should be so proud. What a dirt bag police department.

Cicero @ 8/16/2013 12:22 PM

The rest of the people making comments here are just ridiculous. Do any of you have any concept of what federalism is? The state's voters passed a law that made recreational use of cannabis legal. I respect that the police in Seattle are honoring their wish.

Jelly @ 8/16/2013 2:28 PM

Hey Cicero, do you have any concept of what the first amendment is? ……………..Go smoke your weed and eat your free government provided chips. You’re part of the problem!

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/16/2013 3:26 PM

I thought this was a joke at first but when you think about it this is a clever way to educate the public. Maybe half of them will read the information on the bags and half of those will go to the web site but somebody did a great marketing job here. This is thinking outside the "bag"! Plus all the free press garnered from across the country and this idea has been worth its weight in Columbian gold. Take a bow Seattle Police Foundation for a job well done!

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/16/2013 4:01 PM

There appears to be a lot of gray area with the I-502 bill yet to be codified and the State of Washington has until 12-6-14 to further define this law before it can go into effect. This law only applies to medical marihuana use and not recreational use so the burden of proof is still on the user to prove their use is for legitimate medical purposes and they must possess a valid prescription defining the amount of the drug used for treatment (just like narcotic use). Also I read in I-502 where public use of marihuana is strictly prohibited under this law.

JHo79 @ 8/16/2013 8:55 PM

Since I became a LEO, most of my instructors have always said that LEO's are not only the most stubborn group of people to educate, but also the biggest whiners. This opinion is driven home with the recent MJ legalization in some states. We the People, in those states have decided that the ineffectiveness of MJ laws and the cost of enforcing them isn't worth it (many, although not most, LEO's around the U.S. happen to agree). MJ is now legal in these states...get over it. Whenever I tell fellow LEO's that I agree with the decriminalization of drug use/possession (in favor of a public health approach) the first thing they say as they snarl at me is, "Why are you even a cop?" Fools! As if being a LEO is hung solely upon enforcing one small set of laws. For the LEO's who have nothing to do but whine about how other LEO's are adapting to the RE-legalization of MJ...why are you STILL COPS? There's more to policing then enforcing drug laws. Get over it or get out.

Jelly @ 8/19/2013 4:56 AM

JHo79 I think most can appreciate your opinion. I mean if it doesn’t work, change it. However, I don’t believe that most cops are stubborn or whiners when it comes to this issue. I believe that most cops, with some time under their belt, have seen the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol on society. Drugs and alcohol destroy people, their employment, their family and community. You are right in saying, there is so much more to policing than the enforcement of drugs, but what I have seen in my career is that, most crimes have one thing in common. The underline problem usually involves drugs and/or alcohol. Just a few examples; robbery, domestic assault, rape, murder, suicide, gang related crimes, disorderly conduct, impaired driving, prostitution, homelessness, thefts, the list goes on and on.

Jelly @ 8/19/2013 4:56 AM

So it’s not that we are, “whiners”, we as cops just don’t want the substances that destroy the communities we serve get worse by giving up the ability to enforce the problem. I have yet to meet a person that has said to me, starting to use drugs was the best thing I have ever done, but many have said to me, quitting drugs/alcohol was. Take care

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