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Pot Shop Handing Out Free Product For Those Who Register To Vote

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A local pot shop is giving away some free product if patients register to vote. For the past month a Lansing clinic called Your Health Choice Clinic has been doing a voter registration drive.

They're helping patients fill out the form and then mailing it out, and as a way to show their appreciation the clinic is rewarding newly registered voters with free pot.

The owner of the clinic says they're trying to get people registered to vote so they can have a voice in the next city council election. The owner says she believes they're not doing anything wrong since they're not giving out free stuff in exchange for votes, and this effort is not tied to anyone's campaign. But the clinic is encouraging patients to vote for the city council candidates who support these kind of businesses.

Call it pot-politics, the owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinic is advocating for the "pro medical pot" council candidates so the business can stay around for her patients.

"We can tell them a little bit of information on what we have on there. Or we can refer them to their websites, because a lot of them have come in and dropped off the information. And we just kind of push it to the patients, and let them decide, it's on them," said Shekina Pena, Your Healthy Choice, owner.

But naturally, before patients can make that decision this November they have to be registered. So that's what Pena is setting out to do.

"We enlighten them and say, hey, if you fill out your voter registration, and they're patients of ours, they fill it out, and we're mailing it off for them. And we give them, like, a little reimbursement," said Pena.

That little reimbursement is half a gram of pot or a medible, which is edible marijuana, for free. But Pena says that's not what's getting people excited about registering to vote.

"We're not luring people in by any means. It's more of the patients realizing that, we may not be here next year. This may not be here next year. And their eyes open up and they realized, what's going on?" said Pena.

In fact, she says over the past month that the clinic has been doing this registration drive and they've only given out maybe one or two "free products."

But because the clinic is advocating for certain candidates at the time of voter registration it could violate state voting laws. And since the products are of a certain value it could also violate some campaign finance laws.

A spokesperson from the Secretary of State's office tells 6 News they feel it could be a violation because the business is encouraging people to vote for certain people on a certain day. But it's ultimately up to the prosecutor to decide if legal action should be taken.

However Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says if he gets a complaint about how the business has been advocating for certain candidates at the time of voter registration he may take action. Dunnings also says he has been speaking with the county clerk about this issue.

Despite no action being taken as of now some lawmakers are upset and want to implement new legislation that would ban this.

"Giving away free marijuana to influence voting is outrageous and must be stopped," said State Representative Rick Jones. "I will be working with the attorney general on whether additional legislation is needed."

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