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Yeni Sleidi, known as the "weed fairy," poses for a photo in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. [Associated Press]
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Yeni Sleidi, known as the “weed fairy,” poses for a photo in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
[Associated Press]

If there’s such a thing as a fairy that furtively enters your home and absconds with your kids teeth, then there has to be a magical lady who travels around leaving small amounts of pot. The only difference, of course, is that the Weed Fairy is real and she caters to adults (or at least legal adults).

The Weed Fairy is posting signs with free pot all around Seattle

Her surname is Yeni Sleidi, but her fliers call her the Weed Fairy’ or Danksy Appleweed. She first made news during the government shutdown in October of last year after taping small bags of marijuana taped to flyers in and around Brooklyn in order to lift spirits.

Usually, lifting spirits in Brooklyn either means you’re being ironic or offering free beard implants. And since recreational marijuana use in New York is still very much illegal, Sleidi said she had to be very discreet about it. But no such subtlety or artfulness is needed in Seattle, Washington, where recreational marijuana was made legal back in 2012.

“I’ve been more open about it in Washington. They have worse things to worry about; I don’t think they are going to come after the weed fairy,” she told KCPQ.

Seattle residents started seeing the following flyers taped to street poles around the Capitol Hill area last week with these messages:

Although, it may actually hurt the legalization cause

Not to be a total Buzz McKillington here, but the Weed Fairy’s actions – however positively meant – may just give added fuel to the prohibitionist arguments against full-blown legalization.

For example, the law allows the creation of a licensed and regulated system of marijuana production and distribution, analogous to the state’s liquor controls. In other wards, even if marijuana is not nearly as harmful as alcohol it needs to be regulated as such.

According to the law, “Licensed retail marijuana outlets should begin opening to the public by summer of 2014. These shops will be devoted only to marijuana and marijuana products and will not sell anything else. Cannabis consumption will not be allowed on the premises. Liquor stores, convenience stores, and other existing businesses will not be allowed to add pot products to their offerings.”

And what remains illegal in Washington is “the possession of amounts above the defined limit, possession by a person under the age of 21 years, use in view of the general public (including the opening and/or consumption of a marijuana-infused product), production or sale without a state license, et all.”

In other words, by leaving out pot in very public areas in close proximity to places frequented by teens and kids, such as parks, Sleidi could be validating the arguments of endangering children. There haven’t been any reports of the marijuana she leaves out reaching children, but such a scenario is plausible.

Again, just playing devil’s advocate, Seattle police, for example,admit her free giveaway is not on their priority list (read that, NYPD?), but there are concerns that people under 21 could get their hands on it.

“The marijuana, once it’s out there in that format … it’s really unregulated, it could fall into anybody’s hands,” Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler said.

Apparently Sleidi is quite aware of this scenario and said she “leaves it in areas that the majority of the people are of age,” according to KCPQ.

Watch The Weed Fairy Interviewed Below:

Michael-Hayne
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Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/columnist extraordinaire.
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Editor’s note: Mr. Hayne’s opinions are of course entirely his own, and not necessarily those of Toke SignalsWe present them here in the spirit of inspiring discussion of the kind of cannabis normalization we’d like to see going forward.

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