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3-day marijuana festival, rally at Seattle park

SEATTLE (AP) – Thousands are packing a Seattle waterfront park for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival _ an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall.

Hempfest was expected to draw as many as 85,000 people per day. On Friday, many strolled among vendor stands, checking out colorful glass pipes and bongs. Others sat on driftwood logs passing joints back and forth.

Some people wondered where the Doritos were, after hearing that Seattle police planned to hand out bags of the nacho cheese-flavored chips. Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a department spokesman, said officers would be dispensing the bags Saturday, affixed with labels reminding people of some of the nuances of the state’s new legal marijuana law.

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