Cops Cure “The Munchies”

Cure the Munchies, learn the law (Seattle PD/Twitter)

Cure the Munchies, learn the law (Seattle PD/Twitter)

There’s an old adage that says, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” And this past weekend in Seattle, Washington, police officers did just that.

The city was celebrating Hempfest, its annual festival of all things marijuana and a mecca for bong smokers and joint-toting “heads” everywhere. This year, however, things were quite different: Washington State voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012. This meant the cops who used to spend their time busting potheads had to find something more constructive to do with their time… and they certainly did that.

In an effort to better explain the new rules surrounding recreational marijuana use—and to ensure people actually paid attention to them—the Seattle Police Department used a delivery method that would be much more appealing to people suffering from “The Munchies.”

“We knew if we did leaflets, it would turn into litter,” Sgt. Sean Whitcomb explained. “We wanted people to be able to access the information. It’s actually fun to read. We wanted to do it in a way that is deliberately ironic.”

So you know what they did? Seattle police printed their rules onto stickers, slapped the stickers onto individually sized bags of Doritos snack chips and handed them out to passersby at Hempfest. Each bag contained some “dos” and “don’ts” and incorporated something normally not associated with cops: humor.

Check it out.

Seattle Police created a hilarious sticker! (Seattle PD/Twitter)

Seattle Police created a hilarious sticker! (Seattle PD/Twitter)

Alas, it all had to end sometime (Seattle PD/Twitter)

Alas, it all had to end sometime (Seattle PD/Twitter)

Needless to say, stoned partygoers enjoyed the Doritos so much that they exhausted the cops’ supply—1,000 bags of chips gone in less than 30 minutes. It definitely sounds like “The Munchies” were in full effect to me!

In all, the Seattle Police Department paid less than $300 for snacks that reached a thousand people—and hopefully a message that reached them, as well. What came to be known as Operation Orange Fingers was a huge success, and one I hope becomes a tradition in coming years.

After all, any time cops and potheads can peacefully coexist, I am all for it!

Posted on August 19, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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