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On Craigslist, “420 friendly” means a potential housemate welcomes marijuana use in their place. Nowadays, Seattle could use the label to describe the whole city: at an annual hemp and marijuana festival, the Seattle PD will be handing out Doritos to revelers.
Washington State’s voters decriminalized marijuana use by ballot referendum last November. The new law has allowed police to come up with a more creative approach to policing Hempfest, a long-running pro-cannabis extravaganza, than one that has to at least nominally worry about arresting the errant toker.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle police have partnered with Doritos to distribute bags of the snacks emblazoned with descriptions of the new law. Revelers will be able to learn about their rights while enjoying a tasty treat.
Nevertheless, the Seattle police are the exception rather than the rule. One American is arrested every 42 seconds for marijuana-related offenses, limiting their employment opportunities by branding them criminals and potentially landing them absurdly lengthy prison sentences. African Americans are disproportionately victimized by over-harsh drug laws.