Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday announced he is generating a multiagency job force to “root out corruption or criminal influences” in the state’s legal cannabis industry, spurred by federal charges filed against two businessmen with ties to President Trump’s individual lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
The announcement came a day immediately after a federal indictment in New York detailed a failed try by a group with foreign ties to win a retail marijuana license in Nevada by donating cash to the political campaigns of two state officials.
The indictment charged two businessmen linked to Giuliani: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
“The governor is outraged by yesterday’s news that a foreign national attempted to influence Nevada’s elections by way of a million-dollar laundering scheme in order to acquire a marijuana license and enter our legalized industry,” according to Sisolak’s statement.
The Democratic governor also known as on the job force to investigate right away “ongoing issues” – such as “serious allegations of manipulated lab benefits, and a licensing procedure mired in litigation … .”
“Any marijuana entity – licensed or unlicensed – that violates the law will see swift and extreme criminal and regulatory action,” the statement noted, adding that Sisolak was disappointed in the lack of state oversight concerning this point.
Nowadays, I formed a multi-state agency unique job force to root out prospective corruption or criminal influences in Nevada’s legal marijuana industry, successful right away.
These ongoing problems are placing public security and wellness at danger. The lack of oversight & action ends now. pic.twitter.com/P8Q5bujAWX
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) October 11, 2019
The federal court indictment filed in New York charged Parnas and Fruman – plus two other males, such as a Ukrainian-born U.S. citizen – with illegally funneling foreign cash to American political campaigns.
In terms of Nevada, it detailed how the 4 males and an unidentified foreign national with “Russian roots” missed a September 2018 recreational marijuana license application deadline and decided they would need to have the governor to modify the guidelines to let them apply.
Fruman allegedly contributed $10,000 every to the Republican campaigns of Adam Laxalt, then the Nevada lawyer common who lost his bid for governor, and Wesley Duncan, Laxalt’s former prime deputy who ran unsuccessfully for AG.
The indictment does not refer to Laxalt or Duncan by name, but they have been identified by way of state contribution records.
Laxalt issued a statement by way of spokesman Robert Uithoven that he was unaware of the illegal activity and intends to return the donation.
Duncan mentioned in a statement that he had no concept Fruman was acting unlawfully, and the donation has been returned.
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– Connected Press and Marijuana Company Everyday