Friday, August 16, 2013

Seattle Cops will be Passing Out Doritos NOT Tickets at this Year’s Hempfest in Seattle

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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Does Medical Marijuana Save Lives on the Road---Studies Say Yes

As the legalization of marijuana spreads throughout the United States, there are many concerned citizens who have begun to question the side effects this new freedom may carry with it. Yet there may be one surprising result of legalized marijuana. A recent study found that states that have legalized medical marijuana have also seen fewer automotive deaths and injuries.

Research showed that each year the average number of fatalities due to roadway injuries has been on a steady decline—particularly in states that have legalized medical marijuana. This study however does not include Massachusetts, which didn’t pass this legalization until after the data was collected.

Those opposed to the new legal marijuana laws have voiced concerns about the effects pot would have on the safety of our roadways. Yet according to this study, deaths dropped up to 11 percent in the first year after legalizing medical marijuana. By year four, road fatalities decreased by 10-13 percent. Scientists believe the increase in smoking has decreased the amount of alcohol consumption taking place.

It is important to remember, however, that this research does not condone driving under the influence of any substance and they are still conducting studies on the effects marijuana has on your reaction time. Future studies could yield results that could change society’s perception on drug use.

The issue of legalizing marijuana has been around for decades. California was the first state to allow the use of medical marijuana back in 1994. Since then 19 other states have followed suit and two states, Washington and Colorado, have fully legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. America is paving the way for marijuana legalization and understanding all of the various factors that it has on our society and this recent study is just one more example of the benefits of legalized marijuana.