Seattle police to distribute Doritos at pot rally

Knowing what stoners will pay attention to, the department is including reminders with the snacks about the city's marijuana rules.

By Kim Peterson Aug 15, 2013 7:31AM
File photo of a bag of Doritos among other chips, at a kiosk in New York (© Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)Marijuana is now legal in Washington, and the Seattle police have been remarkably mellow about the whole thing.

In fact, the city's Police Department plans to be at Hempfest, what has become the largest pot rally in the world. And they're taking bags of Doritos in case anyone, you know, gets a little hungry.

It was enough of a gesture for The Atlantic to call Seattle cops "the most lovable police force in the country."

The snack-sized bags of chips will remind festival attendees that there are still some rules in the city. Mainly, you can possess as much as an ounce of pot, but you can't sell it or grow it without the proper licensing.

Oh, sure, the department could have had an officer in uniform handing out informational leaflets, only to find them being used as last-resort rolling papers. Instead, the department got a little crafty in its choices because, as The Stranger notes, "while stoners have no problem ignoring a leaflet, police recognize that it's nearly impossible to turn down a bag of Doritos."

This is the same department that may have created the best news release in the history of police communications, referred to as "Marijwhatnow?" It contains some straightforward answers to important stoner questions, such as whether the police would return any marijuana seized before legalization began (no), whether police officers can smoke pot (no), and where you can buy the stuff (that's being worked out).

The release ends with a thing of beauty: a clip from "Lord of the Rings" showing Gandalf taking a hit of "Old Toby" and turning the smoke into a ship. Wonder if a wizard eats Doritos.

The Police Department even had a little bit of fun with its own announcement on Twitter. "Please ignore maliciously false reports that we're giving out Bugles at @seattlehempfest," the department wrote. "We would never, ever do that."

Now, if the Seattle Police Department really wanted to win the hearts and minds of pot smokers, it would have dispatched some officers to Japan to collect the newest Doritos flavors on sale there. PepsiCo (PEP) is selling "smoke bacon" Doritos and Pepsi-flavored Cheetos, Consumerist reports.

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Aug 15, 2013 9:07AM
Doritos should be funding the overtime for these cops for the free advertising.  Imagine being known as the "official stoner food of Hemp Fest".
Aug 15, 2013 11:48AM
Aug 15, 2013 9:50AM
NY should heed what Washington has done and get on the bandwagon.
Aug 15, 2013 2:40PM
Gotta love smart, fair, police work!
Aug 15, 2013 1:34PM

Seattle's police have previously been pretty cool with weed. Back in the day at a concert they'd announce that you were welcome to smoke your brains out in the lobby, just don't light up in the auditorium.


With Seattle's finest standing all around, it was fun to fire up a giant spliff. What with all that smoke, they HAD to be having a good shift!

Aug 15, 2013 1:37PM
hey workedforit.......what a buzz kill
Aug 15, 2013 3:03PM
Aug 15, 2013 2:38PM

I think it s a good idea.  I wonder how Doritos got the plug.  There would be many companies that would have loved to contrite.

Aug 15, 2013 1:34PM
I think they should have used Donuts instead.
But then again maybe they wouldn't share then?

Hah no offense to any cops ;)
Aug 15, 2013 4:29PM
I did my own study and found marijuana gives me erections. Did another study and found large amounts of beer doesnt
Aug 15, 2013 2:53PM
I'm curious.....what does the brand manager at Cheetos think about this? Is there a law suit coming?
Aug 16, 2013 11:47AM
Now if the feds will just mind their own business. . . .
Aug 15, 2013 3:39PM
Aug 15, 2013 11:36PM
It's not a pot rally MSN, it is a hemp festival. Obviously you have not really been to one or investigated what it really is about......
Aug 15, 2013 4:33PM

...which only strengthens my theory that Doritos are, in fact, a super-food!!

Aug 16, 2013 2:39AM
Best. PR. move. EVER.
Congratulations Seattle PD!
Aug 15, 2013 8:23PM
maybe less people will kill themselves now that pot is legal there
Aug 15, 2013 4:23PM
Twinkies would have been better sense you can't pin the rules to a doughnut
Aug 15, 2013 9:42PM

We are going to be Columbia soon. Our society went in the shitter a long time ago. I feel sorry for the children coming up today. Hope they do not forget their  AK47 too.

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