Weed For Votes: Yes, It’s Come To This

The Denver Post’s Tiney Ricciardi reports:

Election Day is Nov. 2, and while you should vote to have a say in your local democracy, it never hurts to have an incentive.

Native Roots Cannabis Co. is offering 1-cent joints to any customer who comes in with an “I Voted” sticker. The deal, which runs through Election Day, is good at any of the company’s 20 dispensaries in Colorado; no additional purchase is necessary. There’s a limit of one joint per customer.

The “buds for ballots” giveaway at Native Roots dispensary locations across the state (note stores in buzzkill Colorado Springs are medical marijuana patients only):

The dispensary of course isn’t asking questions about how you may have voted, but if they happen to draw out voters with a lower propensity toward voting for, let’s say, marijuana tax increases, that’s a side effect we suspect they can live with. As readers know, turnout for this year’s off-year elections is shaping up to be quite poor, so every vote including stoner votes have the potential to count for considerably more than average.

And for a selection of guides to help even the loaded voter do their civic duty intelligently, click here.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    Isn't this discriminatory against people who voted by mail? Or, a second question, are there other forms of ID that might get one a little virtually free doobageness?


  2. MichaelBowman says:

    I’m going to suggest they try this in Wray! We have our modern-day marihuana-jihadists trying to keep the sacred plant out of Mayberry via the city ballot. 

  3. Meiner49er says:

    Win or lose, elections in the US have always been about mind-altering substances. Geo. Washington won his House of Burgesses seat with free whisky. Candidates all over the country won by offering free beer and barbecue to the masses throughout the 19th century. Why not "welcome buds for ballots" to the grand traditions of US History?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      It’s how Wray became the seat of Yuma County: the proprietor of (then) Grant’s Pigfoot Saloon offered free beer and pickled pigs feet to anyone who came to Wray and voted to move the courthouse from Yuma to Wray. Legend is that it was a narrow win. Thus, the long-standing rivalry (compounded by a Wray victory in a football game in the 50’s) 

      • Duke Cox says:

        You might find this interesting. It is the story of how Breckenridge got to be the County seat of Summit County. 

        At the time of state hood, the two largest towns in Summit County were Breckenridge and Parkville. Each wanted to be the county seat. One night a group of men from Parkville went over to Breck, broke in to the town hall and stole all of the towns records., taking them to the Parkville town hall. 

        Two nights later, a large group of men from Breckenridge went to Parkville and took ALL the records to Breckenridge…and burned the Parkville town hall to the ground.

        Parkville is now a ghost town. I camped there for a summer back in 1980. It is quiet there….

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