Doritos with I-502 law information were handed out to Hempfest revelers by the Seattle Police Department.
Delays and Doritos: The latest on marijuana in Washington
By Ty Swenson
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) decided it needs a bit more time to fine tune their rules for the implementation of I-502 (creating a legal way for adults to obtain and smoke marijuana) on Aug. 14, and the Seattle Police department gave out bags of Doritos snack chips coupled with information on pot laws during Seattle’s Hempfest over the weekend of Aug. 17 and 18.
WSLCB was supposed to adopt their final rules on the implementation of I-502 on Aug. 14, but decided to push the schedule back to Sept. 4 so they could refine rules pertaining to “limiting the amount of total marijuana production, identifying the number of retail locations per county and their locations, identifying the total amount of product that a licensee may have on hand, as well as further clarifying certain definitions and other revisions.”
For the everyday citizen and entrepreneurs looking to produce, package or sell pot, the delay likely means the system won’t be up and running until mid-2014. Until those retail stores open, there is still technically no legal way for adults to obtain the pot they are legally allowed to possess and smoke.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department gave out 1,000 bags of Doritos during Hempfest at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park over the weekend. Packaged along with the iconic munchies was information on I-502 and how adults 21-and-over can use marijuana within the confines of the law. The chips were paid for by donations to the department.
“Distributing salty snacks at a festival celebrating hemp, I think, is deliberately ironic enough that people will accept them in good humor,” SPD spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told The Stranger’s Ben Livingston.