While most police departments these days can’t scrape those old “To Protect and Serve” decals off their cars fast enough, Seattle’s cops decided to take that maxim to the next level. Not only are they protecting a whole new group of people…they’re serving them Doritos!
Pot might be more or less legal in Seattle now, but Hempfest was an infinitely ballsier proposition back when it started in 1991. Back then, Reagan-era super-narcs were still fresh off of D.A.R.E. hysteria, and were none too fond of these Schedule 1 monsters spreading their reefer madness through the streets.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the 21st Century. Those slacker potheads grew up, joined the Seattle police department when they turned 21, and they’re now handing out bags of Doritos to the 85,000-strong crowd gathering in the recently tie-dyed waterfront parks of Seattle.
Technically, possession of pot can still get you a $103 ticket, and the laws governing its possession and distribution are complex and subtle; that’s why the bags of Doritos handed out during the epically named “Operation Orange Fingers” come affixed with labels reminding festival goers of the basic ground rules.
Now, THAT’S protecting and serving and THESE are the kinds of cops we pay our hard-earned tax dollars for!
Meanwhile, in Florida (where pot incarceration rates are up 194 percent from the day Hempfest started in Seattle), unarmed 60-year-old black men can still get shot at dozens of times by police in their own driveway for possession of a cigarette. Not that we’re suggesting a link or anything.
Watch a report about “Operation Orange Fingers” from CNN: