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Free marijuana for votes? State charges dispensary owner with violating election law

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
A marijuana dispensary owner accused of offering free marijuana to citizens who registered to vote a certain way has been charged with violating Michigan election law.
Shekina Pena, 34, owner of Lansing-based Your Healthy Choice Clinic, has been charged with one count of Election Law-Influencing Voters with Money Or Other Valuable Consideration.
“Voters did not intend for marijuana to be handed out as a door prize, especially when it undermines the integrity of our elections process,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who joined with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in announcing the charge.
“Secretary of State Johnson and I will work to ensure that Michigan election law is followed.”
The Attorney General’s office’s investigation revealed that Pena’s dispensary is accused of offering free marijuana in exchange for citizens registering to vote on July 27.
The dispensary is accused of encouraging the newly registered voters to support a certain slate of candidates running for Lansing City Council based on their position regarding regulation of marijuana dispensaries, including the one owned by Pena.
Michigan Election Law prohibits the provision of anything of value in order to induce or influence the manner of voting (MCL 168.931(1)(a)). Such violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.


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