Pot clubs offering free weed to members who vote

Byby Sergio Quintana KGO logo
Saturday, May 31, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose are trying to get out the vote for Tuesday's primaries by offering discounted or even free marijuana.

During San Jose's last city council meeting, they were considering rules on medical marijuana dispensaries but that action was delayed and now lands on Primary Tuesday. So the dispensaries are now trying to get medical marijuana users to get out to the polls and stay for the city council meeting to show their support.

Inside the All American Cannabis Club, they're running a 25 percent off discount for pot this coming Tuesday in an effort to mobilize a show of support for medical marijuana. "Well it'll definitely help us get the message out about voting in the primary election and that's the big thing we're trying to do right now," Dave Hodges told ABC7 News.

Medical marijuana users who show up at certain cannabis collectives showing proof that they voted Tuesday will be eligible for discounted and in some cases, free pot. They'll also be asked to show up at City Council chambers at 1 p.m.

City leaders are expected to continue discussions on new cannabis facility regulations and medical marijuana dispensaries are against certain new rules. "The other big concern is that the regulations that the city are putting forward are very similar to what they put forward in 2011, which is what caused the referendum," Hodges said.

Those 2011 rules were rejected by voters, so new rules are being worked on. Organizers are also passing out orange leaflets showing their preferred candidates. ABC7 News tried contacting several candidates named on fliers including San Jose District 9 Council Member Donald Rocha, but he said he didn't have time for an on-camera interview.

Mayoral candidate Dave Cortese also declined an on-camera interview but by phone, his campaign manager said, "Mr. Cortese didn't seek this endorsement. We were actually surprised to hear about it and he declines to comment on this right now."