SEATTLE (AP) - A few things will be different at this year's Hempfest, the 22-year-old marijuana-friendly "protestival" on Seattle's waterfront.
Seattle police hope to spread the word about what's legal and what's not under Washington's new marijuana law by handing out packets of Doritos in a target-rich environment - this weekend's annual Seattle Hempfest.
When it starts Friday, the haze of pot smoke might smell a little more like victory, after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21. And the Seattle police will be busy handing out Doritos. Seriously.
Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says there's still a lot of confusion about what's allowed under Initiative 502, which was approved by state voters last November to legalize recreational marijuana for adults.
Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says it's not just an effort to satisfy the munchies. The department has 1,000 bags affixed with labels urging people to check out a question-and-answer post on its website about Washington's law. As many as 85,000 people per day are expected for the three-day festival. Executive director Vivian McPeak says the event is calling for reforms of federal marijuana laws.