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CA Group Offers Free Weed to Supporters of Marijuana Legalization

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CA Group Offers Free Weed to Supporters of Marijuana Legalization

While cannabis activists across the United States continue to brainstorm creative ways to persuade more supporters of pot reform to head to the polls, one California organization has developed a simple method for getting voters in the Golden State to cast a favorable ballot for a couple of marijuana initiatives aimed at legalizing the leaf for recreational purposes – bribe them with free weed.

Earlier last week, an organization called Weed4Votes showed up in San Jose to distribute vouchers for 2,000 grams of marijuana to residents willing to listen to their spiel about what is happening this year in the realm of California marijuana legalization. The group, overseen by self-proclaimed “professional marijuana activist” David Hodges, handed out free pot coupons on Friday at a booth set up across the street from City Hall to every person who was willing to cough up their personal contact information.

Unfortunately, there is a catch California must legalize a recreational cannabis industry in 2016 before the vouchers can be redeemed.

“Recreational marijuana users can redeem their vouchers for free pot after legalization passes,” the organization said in a press release.

All of this complimentary cannabis is really just a greasing of the palms to get residents to tender their support for a couple of proposals up for consideration in November’s general election.

But Weed4Votes is only shelling out vouchers to those willing to stand behind two specific ballot measures: the “Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act,” which seeks to make it legal to “possess, furnish, process, concentrate, use, grow, transport and sell cannabis for social use in the state of California subject to reasonable regulation and taxation in a manner similar to alcohol,” and the “California Hemp Initiative,” another solid proposal aimed at permitting “the use of marijuana by adults 21 and older and licenses, regulates, enforces, and taxes recreational marijuana sales just like beer and wine.”

The one proposal Weed4Votes does not appear willing to support is one spawned by tech billionaire Sean Parker called the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act.” Organizers told The Bay City News this was because Parker’s proposal “doesn’t permit free distribution of weed.”

However, as The Los Angeles Times pointed out on Monday, if California stands a chance at legalizing a recreational cannabis industry in 2016, it will only be because supporters behind the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” have pockets deep enough to run a successful campaign. It has been reported that Parker alone has contributed $1.5 million to the campaign coffers in order to get the initiative poised to collect the more than 300,000 signatures needed to earn a voice in the forthcoming election. Other supporters, including investor George Soros and family members of the late insurance billionaire Peter Lewis, have also kicked in substantial funds – a total of $2.25 million has been raised at this juncture.

“We have the largest coalition that’s ever supported a marijuana measure, probably in the country,” Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act campaign told the Times. “We were determined that this measure would be the consensus measure on the ballot regarding regulating marijuana… not everyone is going to get what they want.”

So, while free weed may earn the other two ballot measures a few thousand additional supporters in the next couple of months, neither seems to stand much of a chance against the financial endowed “Adult Use of Marijuana Act.” It was reported last year by the ArcView Group that marijuana activists should come prepared to spend in upwards of $20 million to run a successful recreational marijuana campaign in 2016, because opposing forces would easily spend at least $10 million to get voters to reject the measure.

It is expected that California will know exactly which marijuana initiatives have qualified for the ballot within the next couple of months.

Would free cannabis sway your vote? Tell us in the comments below.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Milenna Santiago

    February 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I like it but I don’t think it should be for users just 21 and older I know lot of students and teens who need it just as much as adults and honestly it’s just unfair I know life and a lot of things are but tell me how well you think teens can deal with not just emotional but physical pains more than adults…if anything g they are the ones who are more valuable.

  2. karen mahoney pope

    February 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

    my name is karen and i am living with my mother in vicksburg, mississippi. i have had a massive stroke and my ‘right arm’ doesn’t function. i am trying to get medical marijuana for my use. do u know where i can get it. thank you

  3. elelo

    February 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Yap it will. Legalize now and realize that voting for Rubio will put the country back to pre 2012 laws. If you favor legalization do not vote for this asshole.

  4. Wayne lewis

    February 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I,am in

  5. Kristine Johnson

    February 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I want in…

    • Erica Young

      February 24, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Yes I support legalization!

  6. stephanie

    February 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    i support legalization

  7. Chris

    February 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    No because I support the legalization and that little free bits should not even be entertained for support. Trying to sway is rather odd to me. I believe that there are 2 stand out sides. Most of us BB’rs want this and know it has many health benies as opposed to big pharma. The other side is dead set against and the $$ to fight is from where again…. oh yes, I remember — BIG PHARMA. You would be taking a small portion of their profits perhaps and they have many more lies and physical abuses to be done by ingestion of cocktail chemicals that could #1 kill you… or maybe help your ailment a bit….despite the negatives including death.

  8. Micah

    February 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    If I was in CA I’d be all over this, but… how isn’t this illegal? Aren’t they essentially bribing people? I just can’t imagine that paying someone to vote for something would be allowed. I mean, clearly it is or they would have been shut down by now, but… is it just a loophole or something? Is it because the vouchers are worthless until marijuana is legalized?

    • mat hathaway

      February 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      They are handing out the vouchers to people who A. Listen to them talk about what they what them to hear. And B. Give their contact information… sooo, technically they aren’t bribing them for their vote lol

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