Those who did were probably too stoned to get off the couch without the incentive.

Fliers offering $40 worth of free medical-grade marijuana were reportedly passed out in Eagle Rock to try and draw residents to vote in the local election. Was the free pot an incentive to get a larger turnout? Politics ranked “high” on resident’s list of priorities. Nearly 10 times as many voters – 792 residents – turned out to the polls during the recent Neighborhood Council elections than last year.

“It’s a little weird that people can’t come out and vote on their own. I see that as a problem, as a social symptom,” Eagle Rock resident Joerael Elliott said.
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The fliers asked citizens to support the Progress and Collaboration Slate, which ran against the neighborhood council’s opposition to pot dispensaries. The council had tried to ban pot dispensaries but residents collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, the Patch reported.



  1. Publius says:

    The government workers perform the war on drugs, not for your safety, but for their own increased budgets and increased property confiscation powers, at local police agencies, and county sheriffs and SWAT teams, through the state police with unnecessary and unused (except for training) military equipment, and so on up to the federal budgets which provide most of the training, equipment, and military contractor work.

    War is a racket, including the war on drugs.

  2. Publius says:

    The war on drugs is not a war on drugs, let’s use clear language for once, it’s a war on people, American people.

    Know that YOU are being USED and ABUSED, fellow American, by government officials at all levels, who parasitically enjoy taking your money and property and freedom, to enlarge the size of their own budgets. There is a massive conflict of interest. YOU are being HARVESTED for your property, fellow American. You have a property in your freedom as well as your physical property.

  3. Publius says:

    If their War on Drugs were actually for the interest of public safety, then cigarettes would be Schedule 1, as would methanol (booze). How many people crashed their cars into others due to drunk driving? How many people damaged their internal organs due to toxicity from methanol?

    How many people got liver damage, throat cancer, stomach cancer from MARIJUANA? How may people got lung cancer and emphyzema from inhaling vaporized pot or even smoking it? Zero.

    Money not safety is the reason for the war on people, aka war on drugs. Its purpose is the acquisition of money and freedom stolen from YOU, without regard to health whatsoever.

    • NobodySpecial says:

      Quite a few people damaged their internal organs from methanol – but probably most of them were trying to make ethanol.

      Just don’t mess with the worlds most popular addictive drug or we are coming to get you – and we can be cranky in the morning

  4. Piggly Wiggly says:

    Naa, no need to get off on the couch, when They can vote absentee ballot.

  5. Dallas says:

    I was gonna vote anyway but, Yeah!

  6. dusanmal says:

    No incentive to get out to vote by anyone should be acceptable and such crime should be serious felony, on par with kidnapping. Why kidnapping? – Because of the impact which is equivalent to hijacking and disabling of an equal number of legally and normally cast votes. Each count of “incentive to vote” to a person should count as one attempted kidnapping, if those “incentivised” to vote actually voted – kidnapping count itself. Not to a person who received incentive but to the perpetrator of the incentive and if corporate – to the CEO. Left, Right, Independent – irrelevant. No item, benefit, cash or service should be allowed.

  7. MikeN says:

    Scott Adams endorsed Mitt Romney because Obama is going after marijuana dispensaries in California which are not in violation of state law.

    Pot voters in Colorado should vote for Gary Johnson.

  8. Bobber says:

    Why do people keep using that picture of Obama as if he’s smoking dope? He’s not. That’s a plain cigarette.

    • MikeN says:

      He was part of a choom gang in high school. His son TrayVon Martin was more innovative, devising his own drugs to avoid arrest.

  9. deowll says:

    Nothing I’ve just read makes me think the US will be a prosperous country in 10 years. Okay make that for the foreseeable future.

  10. Glenn E. says:

    Most (but maybe not all) states have voting by mail. And filing tax returns is still done by mail, or electronically thru some agent. And the later is done every year, and is generally more important, as far as the government is concerned. They won’t come after you, and arrest you, for not voting. But just try not paying your taxes.

    So why not make voting entirely by mail, or some electronic filing, at home or at local libraries? And stop with this farcical Election Theater, every few years. It’s performed all in a single day, like some kind of major league sporting event. Ignoring the fact that quite a large portion of the voting was done weeks before. But that would take all the spectacle out of it. And candidates would have to commit to their positions, long before the cutoff date. Rather than flip-flopping and adjusting their positions, according to the latest market research, up to the very last day. As if their phony “promises” really mean anything, once they’re in office.

    It’s all about getting the public’s continued approval of the election system, as it currently stands. Without any significant reforms. So they wind the voters up, every few years, for this one day event. Which gives the voters no time to think about what they’re doing, and why. Think about it. They have this main and final election, just before two major holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas. So when you’re not too involved in planning and shopping for these. Try and sort out the latest temporary political promises, each candidate made two weeks before election day. Yeah, sure. It’s THAT unimportant, not to give you more time to think about. Unlike the three months you get to file your tax return.

  11. Glenn E. says:

    Free weed for voting? So what else is new?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooping