In an effort to smoke out stagnant California voters, several cannabis clubs in the San Jose area will be giving away free weed to those valiant Americans who make it out to the polls on Tuesday to cast a ballot for the state primary elections.
The campaign, which was developed by the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition, is called “Weed for Votes,” and it entitles members of about 80 participating clubs to receive an undetermined amount of complimentary medical marijuana just by presenting a ballot stub or an “I Voted” sticker on June 3.
“We have a huge opportunity to make a large impact in who runs San Jose,” said John Lee, Director of the SVCC, in a recent press release. “Although we may not have regulations on the June ballot, insuring the right politicians are elected is even more important.”
However, while the coalition has high hopes for their effort to stone the polls, Santa Clara County voting officials are not convinced the organization’s methods of voter persuasion falls in line with state and federal laws. Those speculations have since been turned over to District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who has not yet indicated if the coalition’s offer can legitimately take place without the risk of prosecution.
The coalition also hopes their free weed tactics will help attract additional support for Tuesday’s San Jose City Council meeting, in which they will likely debate proposed changes to regulations involving medical marijuana dispensaries. Some of the new regulations would prevent cash sales, require all marijuana be grown indoors, and keep collectives from working together for expansion purposes.
“Based on the turnout on May 20th, we could see over a thousand people attend Tuesday’s council meeting,” said Dave Hodges, with the All American Cannabis Club and SVCC member. “In a show of unity we will be passing out free t-shirts and hope to create a sea of green shirts at city hall.”
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.