I VOTEDYour 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:

One of the aspects of this story that we find hilarious is that everyone is all like “WE HAVE NO IDEA WHO COULD HAVE HANDED OUT THIS MYSTERIOUS FLIER!!!” and yet presumably somewhere on the flier it tells you where you can go to exchange your “I Voted (In A Pointless Neighborhood Council Election)” sticker for delicious pot? Maybe reporters could go to that location, and ask questions?

Anyway, this weed-for-votes plot seems to have not been so effective. The evil flier urged voters to back the “Progress and Collaboration Slate,” which was running specifically on the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries (Progress and Collaboration wanted a couple, whereas the incumbent Eagle Rock Neighbors Slate opposed them); but only two of the eight Progress and Collaboration candidates won. Progress candidate Mark Smith says that their opponents tried to paint them falsely as supporters of “bordellos and cocaine,” which, have you ever thought that maybe if you had actually supported bordellos and cocaine you might have won, Mr. Smith? Something to think about for your bribe-flier for next year’s election. [CBS]

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  • neiltheblaze

    A $40 value? That's about four doobies, right?

    • You must get yours cheap

      • neiltheblaze

        Yet my unemployment check barely covers it.

        • thatsitfortheother1

          Food stamps? Health care voucher? Necessity is the mother.

          • Deposit bottles.

          • thatsitfortheother1


    • What this country needs is a good nickel bag.

      • You've got my vote.



        • noodlesalad

          Don't bogart the ballot!

  • Toke Out the Vote!

  • EatsBabyDingos

    I was scared to go, so no free pot in every chicken for me.

    • That explains the Loco of El Pollo Loco, no?

      • eggsacklywright

        But not Los Pollos Hermanos…

  • memzilla

    "Hello, U-Haul? I need a truck STAT!"

  • Can I move out and change my voting registration before Nov 6?????

    There must be at least a two-room cardboard box on Venice Beach I can move into with my cat.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      For $1800.00 a month.

      • That's about what I was budgeting. Do I need to pay by check or will they accept hobo beans?

        • thatsitfortheother1

          Beans. Gubmint cheese. And suchas.

    • James Michael Curley

      Right next to the skateboard rink will still cost you $2,000 a month.

      • Is it cheaper over by Muscle Beach? I heard it was cheaper.

        • James Michael Curley

          Decades ago Muscle Beach was far more expensive. Take the PCH up the road to Zuma Beach. Back then it was the greatest unknown beach in all Southern California. (Other than the nude beach at San Mateo, which, after all, is in Northern California to some.)

        • thatsitfortheother1

          Rent's the same, but it's all you can eat.

  • BadKitty904

    "You Must Be at Least This High to Vote"

    • Barbara_

      Good Kitty!

      • BadKitty904


  • Baconzgood

    *pointing to voting booth*

    You put your WEED in there.

    • eggsacklywright

      Kush the vote.

  • OkieDokieDog

    I would have voted twice for free pot.

    • LibertyLover

      Voter fraud libel!

  • It's a tokin' effort to get out the vote.

  • Write-in Willie Nelson!

  • el_donaldo

    Add the dubious legality of bribing someone to vote in a particular manner to the dubious legality of Californian medical marijuana clinics and it's not quite bordellos and cocaine, but it's almost as awesome.

  • Lot_49

    Hey, it worked for Prop 13. "Lower my own taxes? Bitchen!"

  • coolhandnuke

    Switch the pot with booze and this is like a "Boardwalk Empire" episode,

  • memzilla

    Progress candidate Mark Smith says that their opponents tried to paint them falsely as supporters of “bordellos and cocaine…”

    Smith continued: "False! We are the Party of Rent Boys 'N Whippets!"

  • Estproph

    Dude, it's 4:20! It's time to vote!

  • Yellerdawg

    Want some whiskey in your water? Sugar in your tea?
    Just get up off the couch and vote for me.
    I'm the craziest candidate that could ever be!
    If you don't turn on the lights, you may never see.

    • And now I'm one vote over the line, sweet Jesus, one vote over the line…

  • Doktor Zoom

    The State Assembly will consider this proposal in a Joint session.

    • *pfffffffffffft* TheHonorableRepresentativefromLosGatoshasthemunchies,Imeanfloor….

    • eggsacklywright

      Papers, please. Zig-Zagging to the polls.

      Edit: Gah, memzilla beat me to it.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      I like it when they ring that big bell. Bong. Bong. Bong.

      • We don' need no steenkin' gavels!

  • Schmannnity

    Mitt is the disease, weed the cure.

    • mrpuma2u

      Weed out the crazy cons!!!!

  • Oblios_Cap

    I'm Oblio's_Cap and I approve this message.

  • noodlesalad

    Yes Weed Can

    Fired up, ready to toke!

  • sudsmckenzie

    dude, where's my voting booth?

  • memzilla

    In order to vote, Eagle Rock residents must show their papers Zig Zags.

    • noodlesalad

      And demonstrate the proper Bong Form.

  • FakaktaSouth

    20 million people come out to vote for the worst President in history (apologies to Pres Zachary Taylor, but W was worse) over hating gay people, but even whore houses free weed and coke can't move a pothead candidate majority? COME ON PEOPLE, 1 ,2, 3 what are we fighting for? WHORES! Or not, but just, come on.

    • Hey, don't harsh my mellow, babe!

    • thatsitfortheother1

      GIMME AN 'F'!

  • coolhandnuke

    The only cool thing about the Progress and Collaboration Slate's campaign was their bumper stickers "Dope and Strange,"

    • "Be The Strange You Wish To See"

      • coolhandnuke

        Is that one of the zen coneheads that bordello ladies speak.

        • Yes, it's the George M. Conehead. Right there in the Buddha's Five Rules.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Add in food and booze, it's the four legs of the table of life..

  • Zango Crudmonger

    Well, it is harvest time. With votes, of course.

  • BadKitty904

    Harold and Kumar Go to the Polls…

  • OneYieldRegular

    "For free, this is pretty good stuff, man."
    "Yeah. LIke awesome, dude."
    "So who'd you vote for?"
    "Aw, mannnnnn, I totally forgot to vote while we were in there."

  • Not_So_Much

    Gnarly ballot dude.

  • eggsacklywright

    I bet I know what the Furry Freak Bros position on this would be.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Beat me to it.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    In other unrelated news, 200% voter turnout.

  • Come here a minute

    "No, man, we're the pot guys. 'Bordellos and cocaine' are down the hall, across from the 'horse and bayonet' guys."

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Now that's funny! What a schooling.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Throw in a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos and it's a deal!

  • LibertyLover

    Sounds like the results of the election went Up in Smoke.

  • SnarkOff

    Conspiracy! Eagle Rock is home to Occidental College, formerly attended by Barack Hussein Obama. WAKE UP, STONED SHEEPLE!!!!!!

  • eggsacklywright

    When Holder finds out about this, we'll be tazed and confused.

  • rocktonsam

    will they accept my proof of voting in Wisconsin?

    if so, Fed Ex my bag please.

    they still say doobie?

  • Jus_Wonderin

    OT: Is there a way to see which posts (from the beginning of the Wonkette Big Bang) have the most page views? Search box doesn't help (or I am not inserting the right stuff into that box).

    • See the box in the lower left corner? Sitemeter? That's a good first step.

      • Jus_Wonderin

        It's soooo tiny. “That's what she said.”

        • You won't get "since inception"…I think the most you can go back is thirty days…but you'll likely run across the one that's gotten the most hits and you can sort it out from there with a little legwork

          • Jus_Wonderin

            Thanks Actor!!

  • James Michael Curley

    Eagle Rock, LA – first place I stayed when I moved out to LA. Watched Nixon's resignation speech with my gracious hostess while doing a blunt and quaffing a Napa Valley Sparkling whatever they had to stop calling Champagne.

    • eggsacklywright

      Cooks still has the Champagne word on its label. When I worked in the wine biz, if someone asked me what it tasted like, I said lemon juice, cardboard, and sugar.
      Not to say there aren't some very good sparkling wine producers in Cali.

      • thatsitfortheother1

        Épernay libel!

        • eggsacklywright

          There's nothing like the rill thing.

  • BadKitty904

    Inhale the Good Shit, Exhale the Bullshit

    ~ College Stoners for Politicians with Funny Names

  • spareme

    Reminds me of a par-tay I went to during Nixons impeachment era – the hostess passed Ludes out at the door. Then she passed a petition in support of Nixon, which of course everyone signed. I pocketed my Lude and went elsewhere!

    • randcoolcatdaddy

      Everyone needed some kind of drugs to survive the Nixon years.

    • DahBoner



  • RomneysLogCabin

    In Eagle Rock, pot dealer pays you.

  • LibertyLover

    I was gonna go vote before I got high
    I coulda voted and I coulda got my "I voted today" sticker but I got high…

  • thatsitfortheother1

    What's next, Tree Frog Beer?

    • eggsacklywright

      If you're a hop-head.

  • pinkocommi

    I'm holding out for a free blow job.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Me too. But only for the last 50 years or so.

  • RomneysLogCabin

    This campaign should apply across the board: free immigrant with amnesty support, free 'samples' with legalized prostitution (eww), etc.

    That's my non sequitur comment of the day.

  • NorthStarSpanx

    We'll see on November 7 which brought in more voters, MJ or the threat of 1,000 years of darkness. . .

  • C'mon everybody — do your civic doobie! What?

  • AnAmericanInTO

    A question from a non-user: how much IS $40 worth of weed? If they're willing to just give it away, it can't be much, right?

  • Quit bogarting my jones.

  • kittensdontlie

    A Rumination about the Animation: Does Weed need to smoke weed to get high??

  • DahBoner

    "Dave's not here, man"

  • a_pink_poodle


  • This is good news for Towlie.

  • ttommyunger

    I guess I picked the wrong week to give up weed.

  • Woodshedding

    Yep, it's true. Barry went to college in Eagle Rock. So did I. What people don't realize is, East LA sucks so much, you need weed just to neutralize the effects of the neighborhood. It doesn't even make you high there.

  • just_a_head

    "Vote early and toke often"

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