Seattle Police Skip Citations, Give Out Doritos To Pot Party Revelers

Category: Media & Culture / Aug 19, 2013 1:04PM EDT

Instead of handing out citations to pot smokers, police in Seattle handed out Doritos at the city's Hempfest marijuana festival on Saturday (August 17).

The annual festival, billed as the world's largest pot rally, is being celebrated for the first time since Washington state voters legalized recreational marijuana use last year.

Officers distributed 1,000 bags of Doritos tortilla chips at the festival with labels directing people to the department's online pot info guide.

The guide explains that while recreational pot use is legal under Washington state's new law, it remains illegal to possess more than an ounce of the drug, smoke it in public, drive under its influence or to sell it without a license.

Festival-goers appeared to appreciate the gesture.

The ground-breaking ballot measure approved by voters last year made the Pacific Northwest state one of just two in the nation - alongside Colorado - to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Police have taken a hands-off approach to marijuana use at Hempfest since at least 2003, when Seattle voters passed a measure making the enforcement of pot possession laws the lowest priority for city police officers.

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