Published on August 16th, 2013 | by The Kitsap Scene


Cooooooool: Cops give free munchies at Hempfest

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog | Photo: Chas Redmond/Flickr

Dude, grab the wet wipes.

Operation Orange Fingers goes into full effect this weekend at the annual Seattle Hempfest.

Seattle police will be tossing out bags of Doritos to festival goers at this year’s Hempfest, a massive annual “protestival” Friday through Sunday on the waterfront that promotes cannabis law reform.

It’s meant to be funny, but the bags of chips will also include information on the new marijuana laws in Washington.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for a year, or stuck in your mom’s basement, weed is now legal in Washington state and Coloarado.

Taxpayers don’t have anything to get hung up about. The nice folks at the Seattle Police Foundation are picking up the tab for the 1,000 bags of crunchy, munchy Doritos.

Public affairs officer Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said it would not take additional officers to hand out the Doritos and that he would actually be attending on his own time to promote the educational outreach. He said officers regularly provide public safety service at Hempfest and other organized, permitted events, such as the Rock and Roll Marathon.

The tongue-in-Hey,cheek approach to getting out the message about the new marijuana laws, listed on the Seattle PD’s website under “Marijiwhatnow” is getting some laughs, playing off the stereotypical vision of a “stoner” who thrives on junk food.

But not everyone has the giggles. Some take offense to the notion that Hempfesters are just pot junkies in need of a quick junk food fix.

But if they are so hungry and blurred by a blue smoke, will they be reading a sticker with rules and regulations? And, this is Seattle, a city known for its local, organic and healthy food options. Are Doritos really the munchie of choice? Shouldn’t it be like organic fruit crisps or even veggie chips or something?

Whitcomb said Doritos were chosen because they are classic go to option for those who might be high and hungry. He said the goal was to use a little humor to get the conversation going on the new laws.

Seems to be working.

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