Hempfest celebrates its 22nd year on Seattle’s waterfront and this year is going to be a whole lot different. Since Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana by adults over the age of 21, Seattle police officers were left with the question of what to do all day during this event. The answer was simple: instead of passing out tickets or making arrests, the Seattle police will be at Hempfest handing out Doritos.
The Dorito promotion is a funny way for the Seattle police to get involved and help spread the message about legalized pot. Each bag of Doritos will have a label on it urging people to check out the website: “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana in Seattle”. This guide will help explain the laws and what is considered illegal in the state. Currently, while it is legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, adults are still not allowed to sell it or give it away, and driving under the influence of pot is still a crime. In addition, with the exception of festivals like Hempfest, public consumption of pot is also against the law.
Organizers of Hempfest expect as many as 85,000 people every day of the three-day event, which starts today! While the event is free, Hempfest director is asking for a $10 donation to help offset the costs associated with Hempfest and to ensure that it continues in the future.
In addition to legally getting high, participants at this year’s Hempfest will be treated to over 115 musical acts on six different stages and more than 100 speakers. There will also be over 400 vendors, food, and artwork.