Skip to comments.Snoop Dogg concert, free pot offered as voting incentives (Vancouver, Canada)
Posted on 09/26/2015 1:14:14 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A Vancouver marijuana dispensary is offering some unusual perks in an effort to get voters to cast a ballot for the Oct. 19 federal election a chance to see American rapper Snoop Dogg perform, and a shot at winning free pot.
Danny Kresnyak said he's spearheading Eden Medicinal Society's get-out-the-vote campaign because he believes marijuana policy is a federal election issue.
"We're going to have people hitting the street with hand bills; there's going to be posters up," said Kresnyak.
Eden Medicinal Society is offering two prizes as a voting incentive:
■Members who can prove they voted on election day can enter to win the chance to be a judge at a cannabis competition a prize that comes with about 40 grams of competition-grade cannabis.
■Non-members who prove they voted are eligible to win a ticket to the event, which will include a performance by Snoop Dogg at the Harvest Moon Cup in Vancouver.
Eden has five dispensaries and almost 15,000 members.
Kresnyak said the campaign is a non-partisan initiative.
"We're not about making an explicit comment and saying you vote this way," he said. "We're about giving people the freedom of choice because we believe that's the essence of democracy."
Vancouver-based marijuana advocacy group Sensible B.C. is more explicit with their election initiatives. It's encouraging people to vote for anyone but the Conservative Party.
"The main thing for us is to reach out to our base to those people that consider cannabis reform to be a very high priority for them, and to encourage them, to give them some guidance as to who to vote for," said Dana Larsen with Sensible B.C.
Larsen said volunteers are also reaching out to people in specific ridings, like Courtenay-Alberni and elsewhere in the Okanagan.
He said Sensible B.C. has a reach of about 30,000 people through its phone and email lists.
We really have gone through the looking glass when a schedule 1 controlled substance is used as an inducement to bribe voters. We ain’t in Kansas anymore Toto.
” A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The Post yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.
Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or theyll give me a dollar to sign up, said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, You are? I say, Yup, and then they say, Can you just sign up again? he said.”
1 VOTER, 72 REGISTRATIONS
By Jeane MacIntosh
October 10, 2008
ACORN is under investigation in Ohio and at least eight other states including Missouri, where the FBI said its planning to look into potential voter fraud for over-the-top efforts to get as many names as possible on the voter rolls regardless of whether a person is registered or eligible.
Its even under investigation in Bridgeport, Conn., for allegedly registering a 7-year-old girl to vote, according to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Meanwhile, a federal judge yesterday ordered Ohios Secretary of State to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents. The order was in response to a Republican lawsuit unrelated to the ACORN probe in Cuyahoga County, in which at least three people, including Johnson, have been subpoenaed.
Bribing citizens with gifts, property or anything of value is a fourth-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to 18 months in prison. And its a fifth-degree felony punishable by 12 months in jail for a person to pay compensation on a fee-per-registration system when signing up someone to vote.
Johnson, who works at a cellphone kiosk in downtown Cleveland, said he was a sitting duck for the signature hunters, but was always happy to help them out in exchange for a smoke or a little scratch. Hed collected 10 to 20 cigarettes and anywhere from $10 to $15, he said. ...”
It's the logical outcome of libertarianism.
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