Innovative Californians Discover Key To Boosting Voter Turnout: Free Weed
Your average American is far too savvy a consumer to just go and do things because it's a "civic duty" or whatever. These are people who won't even buy a 12-pack of soda unless it's on an endcap at the supermarket and is being pushed at 50 percent off, so why should they go to some gross elementary school gymnasium and vote for President, or, worse, "neighborhood council," which sounds like something out of a terrible reality show, just for the privilege of feeling good about themselves as citizens? Well, the gentle hipsters in Eagle Rock, which is a part of Los Angeles, have figured out a way to lure people to democracy: by giving away $40 worth of medical marijuana to anyone who can bring in proof of voting!
So apparently there are things in Los Angeles called "neighborhood councils" that are elected? And people care about them, to some moderate extent? 792 people voted in Eagle Rock's election this past weekend, which doesn't sound like a lot except that the previous year only about 80 people showed up. Were all these extra people drawn in by ... marijuana? According to an anonymous flier distributed before the election, maybe! Here, watch this video from the local CBS affiliate and try to determine if any of these people are high right now: