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Michigan Marijuana Dispensary Owner Faces Election Violation For Free Weed Offer

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vote for marijuanaA medical marijuana dispensary owner was charged Monday with violating Michigan election law after authorities said the clinic offered free pot to patients who registered to vote.

The charge against Shekina Pena, owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinic in Lansing, was announced by Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Pena is charged with a misdemeanor count of trying to influence voters with a “valuable consideration.” The offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine

Schuette’s office says the dispensary offered free marijuana in late July in exchange for citizens registering to vote and encouraged the new voters to support Lansing City Council candidates based on their position on regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Michigan voters approved a law legalizing medical marijuana in 2008.

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  1. Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods needed to reverse the acute damage done by prohibition no longer function as envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our once great and free nation. Such a political impasse coupled with great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has invariably ignited violent revolution.

    In order to avert what will surely be a far more violent situation than we are all presently experiencing, there appears to be just one last avenue left to us – Jury Nullification.

    Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty, but who don’t deserve punishment. All non-violent drug offenders, be they users, dealers or importers, fall into this category. If you believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you don’t have to help to apply it. Under the Constitution, when it comes to acquittals, you, the juror, have the last word!

    The idea that jurors should judge the law, as well as the facts, is a proud and vital component of American history.

    The most shining example of Jury Nullification occurred during the shameful period in US history when slavery was legal. People who helped slaves escape were committing a federal crime – violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Jurors would often acquit, even when the defendants admitted their guilt. Legal historians credit these cases with advancing the abolition of slavery.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? – When called for Jury Service concerning any non-violent prohibition-related offense, it is your moral and civic duty to VOTE TO ACQUIT!

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