There is a joyous feeling in Seattle regarding the new marijuana legalization which took effect today, Friday December 7th at the stroke of midnight.
But it’s not just the blazers that are enjoying their new found smoking freedom.
On the city’s police website, spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote: “The department’s going to give you a generous grace period to help you adjust to this brave, new, and maybe kinda stoned world we live in.”
Spangenthal-Lee then wrote, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”
The final message pictures Jeff Bridges as his famous Big Lebowski character “the due” with the message “The dude abides and he says take it inside.”
While you want to applaud Seattle PD for their approach to the situation over marijuana, you always wonder if this send the right message to teens.
After all, you don’t see drinking and driving reminders with Lindsay Lohan holding a magnum of champagne saying “I like my bubbly, but when it comes to driving, I won’t be getting into troubly.”
Of course that phrase is stupid, but the point is, using celebrated drug and alcohol heroes to make a serious point and to introduce a new law, is troubling.
What’s next? Jeff Spicoli reminding you that smoking in your van is illegal? Snoop Dogg telling smokers that you can’t go wrong being at home with a bong?
Kids who are curious about marijuana or other drugs, get some of their inspiration and motivation to use from these iconic figures in pop culture.
We will see how the new law affects the rate of teen marijuana use. But it will be a good while before we ever see any stats on that.