Seattle Cops' Job at Pot Fest: Hand Out Doritos

Bags will feature links to facts on legal marijuana
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
Seattle Cops' Job at Pot Fest: Hand Out Doritos
Police at Hempfest will give out chips.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Who knew? Police have a sense of humor, at least in Seattle. Cops there plan to attend this weekend's Hempfest—where they'll distribute 1,000 bags of Doritos on Saturday. A note affixed to each bag will direct munchers to the SPD's "Marijwhatnow" FAQ, which tries to clear up confusion related to the state's legalization of small amounts of the drug. (It explains, for instance, that the SPD won't return the pot it confiscated from you in pre-legal days.) The chips will come in one-ounce bags, equal to the maximum amount of allowable recreational weed.

But with 250,000 people likely to attend the event, the bags will be hard to come by, the Seattle Times notes. And "Operation Orange Fingers" does have some in the department worried, says an SPD rep, who explains that some officers fear they could inhale second-hand marijuana then test positive for it, thus breaking their promise to uphold federal law. But, again, humor seems to prevail. A tweet from the department yesterday: "Please ignore maliciously false reports that we're giving out Bugles at @seattlehempfest. We would never, ever do that." And KIRO 7 notes taxpayers don't need to frown: The chips were purchased by the private Seattle Police Foundation. (Another unusual pot story here, this one involving several pounds of marijuana seeds.)

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