The Seattle Police Department will be handing out hundreds of bags of free Doritos this weekend at Seattle’s Hempfest, one of the largest free speech rallies in the world. On these bags of Doritos will be stickers educating attendees on Washington State’s new cannabis policies, which finds the possession of an ounce of cannabis no longer a crime after the passage of Initiative 502 last November.
“Distributing salty snacks at a festival celebrating hemp, I think, is deliberately ironic enough that people will accept them in good humor,” states Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, “We want to make sure people learn the rules and that they respect the vote”.
Under Washington’s new cannabis policies, public consumption isn’t legal, but has been reduced from a misdemeanor, to a simple $103 ticket. Despite the change in law, Sergeant Whitcomb says that police won’t be handing out tickets to those consuming in public during the event.
The stickers that will be placed on these bags of Doritos will direct people to the department’s FAQ titled “Marijwhatnow?”, which was released after Initiative 502 was approved by voters, and has been seen hundreds of thousands of times.