A local activist says he’ll divvy up 10,000 pounds of free weed to people who support legalization in California.
Dave Hodges, whose cannabis club got shut down last year for flouting San Jose’s pot laws, says there are three ways to redeem the offer. Donate to a participating political action committee, provide contact information or provide a signature to a legalization initiative.
“I want to give people free weed,” Hodges says. “It might sound too good to be true, but I’m serious. I know a lot of growers and the one thing they have is excess cannabis.”
Yes, he says, it’s legal. And no, one doesn’t have to live in California to participate.
“It is illegal to buy or sell votes,” explains Hodges, who trotted out a similar effort to fight San Jose's pot ordinance in 2014. “But we’re not doing that. We’re not even requiring anybody to vote.”
The retail value of 10,000 pounds, according to Hodges, amounts to about $32 million. He’s dividing the bounty among three initiatives: Weed4Donations, Weed4Voters and Weed4Signatures.
Weed4Donations offers an eighth-ounce of marijuana for every $25 a person donates to a participating nonprofit or PAC. That’s $200 per ounce. Through Weed4Voters, voting-age adults get a free gram by sharing their contact info.
Weed4Signatures nets a gram for every person who signs on to a legalization initiative slated for the fall ballot. But it’s only valid on the following citizen petitions:
Hodges says it will cost anywhere from $20 million to $40 million to pass a successful legalization measure. And he’d rather it not be Sean Parker’s.