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Terrapin Care Station Offers Discounted Weed for Registered Voters

October 13, 2018

Adam, who asked that his last name not be used, checked out the fragrance of a cannabis product with budtender Julia Greff at Terrapin Care Station in Boulder in July.

Terrapin Care Station is trying a novel approach to encouraging people to register to vote — discounted weed.

“No matter where you land on the political spectrum, participation in our nation’s democratic process is more important than ever,” Terrapin Care Station founder and owner Chris Woods stated in a news release. “Passion is already strong this election cycle, but we wanted to further encourage participation in our elections.”

Terrapin Care Station, which has two locations in Boulder, is offering a 10 percent discount to customers who provide proof at the time of sale that they are registered voters. Voters can check their registration at govotecolorado.com and take a screen shot to show staff at the store.

Colorado Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynne Bartels said that Terrapin Care Station reached out to her office for permission before doing the promotion. The company initially asked if voters could bring a copy of their ballot but were told that would not fly, so they opted for the registration tack.

“No one else has asked, so we don’t know if anyone else is (doing this),” Bartels said.

Marijuana has emerged as a swing issue in politics, according to Terrapin Care Station, so the industry has taken a more prominent role in encouraging people to go out and vote.

Four states have marijuana questions on their ballots in November. Voters in North Dakota and Michigan are being asked whether to approve recreational use for adults, and voters in Missouri and Utah are being asked whether to approve medical marijuana.

If the ballots pass in those four states, 32 states will allow medical marijuana and 11 states will have legalized recreational use.

Ballots will be mailed out to Colorado voters on Monday, and the company plans on keeping the discount promotion going until Election Day on Nov. 6.

The deadline to register online and by mail in Colorado is Oct. 29. The deadline to register to vote in person is Nov. 6, meaning people can register and vote on Election Day in Colorado.

Terrapin Care Station was one of four marijuana businessespermitted to open locations in Longmont, which approved recreational marijuana last year. Terrapin Care Station spokesman Peter Marcus said the company plans on having the location open by Black Friday and by the end of the year at the latest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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