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Even the cops are getting a laugh on 420
It’s always seemed a bit odd that people would let law enforcement officials know the exact day and time they like to consume an illegal substance, but 4/20 has only grown as a holiday since the term was first coined in 1971.
Well, marijuana consumers aren’t the only ones enjoying the holiday. Police departments may not be lighting up joints (at least not that they’re telling us about) but they are still having fun on Twitter. The Wyoming, Minnesota police department are getting a lot of attention for this tweet about setting out “discreet traps” to catch those celebrating 420.
— Wyoming, MN Police (@wyomingpd) April 20, 2017
The tweet has over 90,000 retweets and over 150,000 likes as of this writing.
Most people seemed fairly amused by the joke.
@wyomingpd Can't stop giggling about this. Y'all continue to crack me up!
— Mpls/St Paul Traffic (@MSP_Traffic) April 20, 2017
— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) April 20, 2017
@wyomingpd This is hilarious but y'all could have gotten some more up to date video games lol
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) April 20, 2017
However, a few people took issue with the department’s cavalier attitude.
@wyomingpd That's a chill joke about how you knowingly imprison harmless people for an arbitrary excuse!
— Lev Novak (@LevNovak) April 20, 2017
@wyomingpd Yeah, it is so hilarious that people lose their entire livelihoods, families, and freedom. Reeeeeeeaaaaaaaal knee slapper that one.
— A.M. Pines (@AM_Pines) April 20, 2017
A few people even wanted to let the police know that they planned to retaliate.
— Raven Anarchy (@RavingAnarchy) April 20, 2017
— III (@FatFool22) April 20, 2017
The Wyoming PD weren’t the only ones to have a little fun with the holiday. The Pasco sheriff’s office in West Central, Florida would like residents to know they would be happy to partake in (or probably just take) your stash if you’d be so kind as to invite them over.
Happy 420 Day everyone, if you want to help us partake and want to share your stash, just DM us and we'll have someone right over!
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) April 20, 2017
Law enforcement officials in Iowa are taking a different approach, by trying to get would-be-stoners to trade in their ganja for pastries.
— IowaStateU Police (@ISUPD) April 20, 2017
— Ames Police (@AmesPolice) April 20, 2017
Although it’s a fair bet that a lot of people are going to opt for both.
With the increased legalization of marijuana across the country, soon the choice to glaze it and blaze it might be the right of every American. Until then, if you live in one of the 42 states that doesn’t allow for the recreational use of everyone’s favorite plant, probably best to steer clear of any junk-food/video game piles you see just sitting around in public parks today.