A Lansing medical marijuana dispensary may have violated state election and campaign finance laws by advertising free marijuana in return for registering to vote, local and state officials said Thursday. Officials from the Lansing City Clerk to the State Attorney General are investigating a recent posting on the Your Healthy Choice Clinic website that also lists the names of Lansing City Council candidates the dispensary backs. The posting since has been edited, but originally said it would “reward legal patients with a .5 gram free or a free medible!” for registering to vote for the Nov. 8 election.
The site does not directly state it will provide free products to people in exchange for a vote. But the dispensary, located near Clara’s Lansing Station restaurant on Michigan Avenue, said it supports at-large incumbent Derrick Quinney, 1st Ward candidate Harold Leeman Jr. and 3rd Ward incumbent A’Lynne Robinson.
Depending on the value and amount of marijuana products distributed free, as well as how much dispensary staff spent on the offer, the act could violate Michigan’s campaign finance rules. Organizations that raise or spend at least $500 on an election must register as political committees under the law, Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said.
If you have been charged with a crime related to medical marijuana contact Daniel Ambrose 248-808-3130 or at www.marijuanlawyermichigan.com