It’s been a few years since the last FDL Late Nite contest allowed our readers to display their skill at doggerel. Four to be exact.
Long-time FDLers will remember that in 2006, the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, shot Harry Whittington in the face and then refused to talk to the cops about it for a day. In order to commemorate that notable event, we held the Dick Cheney poetry contest — or “Dickfest” as we called it. Hundreds of entries were submitted, our readers voted, and the prize went to 88 for this poem:
If epitaphs were polygraphs,
This, terse and edifying,
Would crown the veep in final sleep:
Here lies Big Time–still lying.
Dickfest was immensely popular, inspiring art, a t-shirt line, and even imitators. Since that time, we haven’t felt that there has been a moment quite so poignantly appropriate to display the poetic prowess of our readers til now: We need a great name for our marijuana campaign.
Some suggested that we simply appropriate the “yes we cannabis” slogan that other campaigns have used, but after perusing a bunch of old High Times covers I became convinced that our readers, inspired by the subject matter, could easily surpass that. So here are the rules:
- All entries must be submitted in the form below by 8pm ET tomorrow night.
- Slogan must be no longer than 5 words — should be able to fit on a bumper sticker or a t-shirt.
- Semi-final voting will begin tomorrow night at 8pm, when we’ll be here at Late Nite once again to let everyone know what the entries are. Voting will close at 8pm the following night.
- The top 10 vote getters will proceed to the finals on Thursday Night Late Night, and voting will continue through the weekend.
- We’ll announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists at Late Nite a week from tonight.
Remember — the campaign is not aimed at babes in bikinis roller skating on the Venice boardwalk. Well, not exclusively anyway. When marijuana legislation goes on the ballot in November and beyond, many voters are older and likely to be persuaded more by pragmatism than stoner puns. But, hell. Who are we to limit anyone’s creativity.
- First Prize — a DVD of High: The True Tale of American Marijuana, recently featured on the FDL film salon.
- Second Prize — a copy of Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink, recently featured on the FDL book salon
- Third Prize — uh, I don’t know yet, but I have until tomorrow night to figure it out, and it’s gonna be good. Really.
We’ll also use the winning slogan (or slogans, as the case may be) for the campaign, as well as on t-shirts, bumper stickers and whatever else we decide might be good for getting the message out.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the Marijuana Policy Project has a series of informative short videos on YouTube, the Drug Policy Alliance has a page on myths & facts, Students for Sensible Drug Policy also has a fact sheet, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has great messaging on how the “War on Drugs” has backfired.
We also have some special guests who have been working on drug policy for years who will be joining us in the comments. So please help me welcome them as we celebrate 4/20 in fine FDL fashion. It’s great to be back hosting Late Nite once again, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s personal 4/20 celebration in the comments.
Submit your entries here — and remember, 5 words or less.