US (GA): MMJ applicant's former partner admitted to paying a bribe for a license

The FOX 5 I-Team continues its investigation of the recent awarding of Georgia’s first-ever licenses to grow and sell medical cannabis.

Our I-Team found one of the winning applicants in Georgia was once a business partner with a medical cannabis operator who admitted he had earlier in his career — with a different company — paid a bribe to help get his medical cannabis license. That bribe was paid before the two men became partners. 

Now, some say Georgia’s Cannabis Commission should have known more about applicants' corporate history before they chose the winners. It was big news, in a small city far away from Georgia. A jury convicted Fall River, Massachusetts Mayor Jasiel Correia for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from cannabis vendors.

One of the key pieces of evidence in the case: a $100,000 check written by the owner of a local medical cannabis company to a friend of the mayor. The check was written in 2016.


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