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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 05:52 PM

Guiliani's associates sought cannabis licenses in Florida before arrest

Source: Tampa Bay Times

Two South Florida businessmen indicted last week on charges they illegally funneled foreign money into U.S. politics in an attempt to purchase influence in Washington and cannabis licenses in multiple U.S. states also pursued entry into Florida’s medical marijuana industry, the Miami Herald has learned.

As recently as May, Parnas and Fruman were speaking to attorneys in Florida’s marijuana industry about purchasing a stake in any one of the 22 companies licensed by the state to grow marijuana. But their plan appears to have been unsuccessful due to an inability to prove that they had the cash.

“I don’t think they ever had a substantive conversation with anybody in the weed business,” said a marijuana lobbyist familiar with their ambitions.

The revelations deepen the intrigue around the duo’s efforts to use campaign donations to ingratiate themselves with the most powerful politicians in state and federal government.

The money they spread around to political campaigns over the last three years apparently helped them work their way into Trump’s orbit, where they forged a relationship with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Last week, one day after they were arrested while trying to board a one-way flight out of the country, Fruman and Parnas were subpoenaed by House Democrats to turn over documents related to their efforts to help Giuliani make connections with Ukrainian officials in the pursuit of unfounded allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Read more: https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/10/17/guilianis-associates-sought-cannabis-licenses-in-florida-before-arrest/



Florida: State for Sale, Cheap.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 06:10 PM

1. Is this why Bolton called it a "drug deal"?

Asking for a friend.

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 06:16 PM

2. That would be hilarious

if he knew about this too!

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 07:09 PM

3. This is infuriating. Ex-drug war advocates. Republicans with money

As soon as a state legalizes it, they will no doubt leap at the chance to go all in and monopolize the State sanctioned growing farms, and making it illegal for small operators to sell. We already see this happening elsewhere. As long as right wingers can be the ones raking in the profits, after spending most of their career locking up pot smokers, they have no problem with it.

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