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US (MI): Cannabis giant says it's cooperating with bribery probe

Green Peak Industries, one of Michigan's largest cannabis businesses that sells its cannabis under the Skymint brand, has turned over thousands of documents to federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption probe after two lobbyists it worked with conspired to bribe the state's top regulator.

Two lobbyists charged in the bribery conspiracy involving Rick Johnson, the former chairman of Michigan's cannabis licensing board, worked with Green Peak, a Lansing-area cannabis cultivator and retailer, two sources told The Detroit News.

Officials with Green Peak Innovations are cooperating with an FBI investigation and have provided "thousands of records at the government's request," the firm's criminal defense lawyer, Matthew Borgula, told The Detroit News.

"GPI made no payments to Rick Johnson and was unaware of any illegal payments made to Rick Johnson by those individuals who have now been charged and convicted," Borgula wrote in an email to The News. "GPI has never had a contractual relationship with Rick Johnson."


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