Do you have this weekend circled on your calendar? Probably not - unless you're a marijuana connoisseur.
Saturday, April 20 is the annual "4-20" holiday… and it's the first such celebration since marijuana was legalized by voters in Washington last November. Now do you see the significance?
That said, there don't appear to be very many widely-promoted commemorations of 4-20 going on in the Seattle area. Probably the most high-profile event is a party hosted by DOPE Magazine at 7 Point Studios on Dearborn Street. Two DJs will provide the music, and there will also be artists, painters, entertainers, food, and beer. Oh, and there will be pot available for sale for medical-marijuana patients (the general public still isn't permitted to buy it from shops yet), as well as a tent where guests can enjoy their cannabis. The highlight will be the 2nd annual DOPE Cup, a marijuana competition with awards such as "highest THC content" and "people's choice." Organizers say that about 1,500 people are expected to be in attendance.
Of course, Seattle is more famous for its annual Hempfest celebration in the summertime, which draws more pot-lovers and visitors than 4-20 events do. Nevertheless, it would be a safe bet to assume that Seattle Police and other law enforcement agencies will be keeping an eye on the DOPE Cup party - especially when it comes to drivers on the roads near the event.
So if you are planning on attending the DOPE Cup, realize that you may be targeted for a driving under the influence stop. Exercise caution if you are smoking marijuana before driving, and know your rights if you are stopped and/or arrested.
And call us for a free consultation.