(RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)

Calif. pot clubs offering free weed to motivate voters

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Voters with medical marijuana cards can get more than just an “I Voted” sticker after casting their ballots on Tuesday.

The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition will be providing free weed to members who vote in the Tuesday election. The coalition said it will announce a list of clubs participating in the “Weed for Votes” program Monday; members must show proof with an “I Voted” sticker or ballot stub.

“We have a huge opportunity to make a large impact in who runs San Jose,” John Lee, director of the coalition, said in a statement. “Although we may not have regulations on the June ballot, insuring the right politicians are elected is even more important.”

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The free weed effort comes as the San Jose City Council considers new regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. The new slate of rules includes distance regulations: Dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives; 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes.

Additional requirements do not allow collectives to work together to expand product lines, prohibit concentrated cannabis and mandate that all product must be grown by the dispensary at a site within San Jose.

In a statement issued by Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club, the coalition said it asked the city to establish a commission to aid in regulating medical marijuana businesses.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.

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