People are usually bombarded with advertisements at this time of year, but one ad campaign in Metro Vancouver is turning heads.

Some shoppers returning to their cars have been finding business cards on their windshields offering "free premium cannabis."

The so-called free pot is being offered by a medical marijuana dispensary on south Granville Street in Vancouver.

Owner Darcy Delainey defends the campaign, noting that to qualify, people have to be 19 or older and have a doctor's note or prescription.

There's also one other catch: "If they spend $30 or more, then they get a free gram of one of the cannabis products we have," said Delainey.

The Richmond RCMP says there have not been any complaints about the cards, which have been distributed at the Lansdowne Centre mall.

"Our position on the business cards is that nothing criminal is being committed simply by handing them out to the public at large," said the statement issued by Acting Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

"We surmise that the business cards are being used to channel new medicinal cannabis clientele towards this dispensary. We hope that the dispensary has been properly licensed by Health Canada and that its clientele are legitimate medical patients with the appropriate paperwork."


With files from Jeff Harrington