SPD Responds To ‘Colbert Report’ Pot Satire

(CBS Seattle) — The political satire show The Colbert Report poked fun at the new marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado on Tuesday night’s show in a segment called “Pot Laws & Pointers.” Today, using the humor characteristic of its tweets and blogs, the Seattle Police Department posted a response to Colbert and his fans.

In the episode, Colbert refers to the states as “Washing-chong” and “Cheech-orado” and said law enforcement has “stopped cracking down on sparking up.” The Colbert Report segment referenced the bags of Doritos SPD handed out at Hempfest and the SPD took offense at the implication that police are encouraging drug use.

SPD responded on its website by writing, “our department continues to pursue marijuana-related infractions, such as the sale of marijuana-infused snacks without a license,” referencing citations given out during the weekend of Hempfest.  The blog defended the Doritos campaign and the Mariwhatnow blog as a way to “better inform Seattle residents of the laws they voted for.”

The police department ended on a lighthearted note after making several serious points about what it’s doing to enforce the new laws. The article reads, “Debating whether marijuana decriminalization will provide a much-needed tax revenue boost, we can confirm that Initiative 502 has been a boon for our local restaurant industry. Currently, you have to get on a three-month-long waiting list just to order a pizza.”

Watch the Colbert Report segment here.

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