Lansing clinic offers medical marijuana to customers who register to vote
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
Authorities are looking into whether a Lansing medical marijuana clinic broke the law by offering free pot to customers who stop by and register to vote. The owner of the clinic opposes Lansing's new medical marijuana ordinance. And, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, she has called for the ouster of city council members who supported the ordinance.
The Your Healthy Choices Clinic advertised on its web site that customers who stop in and register would get a half-gram of pot or a marijuana-laced snack item. It also encouraged people to vote against city council members who supported Lansing's medical marijuana ordinance. Authorities say that may have put the clinic afoul of state election laws.
John Sellek is the spokesman for Attorney General Bill Schuette. He says clinics have mushroomed far beyond what Michigan voters intended when they approved the medical marijuana law in 2008.
"And they certainly didn't plan for those pot shops to be handing out marijuana as party favors essentially for their own political, personal agenda," he says.
Schuette is looking into filing criminal charges. The clinic owner told a Lansing TV station there was no attempt to buy votes - only to get people to register.