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October 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Seattle Police take aim at Stephen Colbert

The Seattle Police Department’s resident humorist is at it again.

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, the person behind the department’s Doritos “educational” giveaway at Hempfest, has written a new blog post aimed at Stephen Colbert’s truthiness.

Responding to a Tuesday night segment in which Colbert, a faux conservative on Comedy Central, scolds police for encouraging drug use, the SPD has written an open letter to Colbert Nation.

“Unfortunately,” the SPD missive begins, “this segment was rife with errors — understandable given that your program airs during a late evening hour, typically the domain of infomercial watchers, graffiti vandals and car prowlers.”

Spangenthal-Lee, who works in media relations for the SPD, notes that cops continue to crack down on pot-related infractions, such as the sale of marijuana-infused snacks without a license.

The department is also investigating the sale of marijuana to minors, and, contrary to Colbert’s claims it does not encourage the use of silly names for pot strains such as “Bubba Kush” and “Alien Dog.” “If it were up to us,” Spangenthal-Lee wrote, “pot brands would have names like ‘Remember to Call Your Mother’ and ‘You Don’t Want to Grow Up to Be a Drummer, Do You?’”

Read the whole silly thing, with the Colbert segment embedded, on the SPD Blotter.

Comments | Topics: marijuana, Seattle Police Department, Stephen Colbert

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