California probes marijuana licenses of indicted man tied to Giuliani associates

The arrest of a Ukrainian-born businessman on charges of conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws triggered a review of the California cannabis licenses he was granted.

Lori Ajax, head of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), told the Los Angeles Times the indictment of Andrey Kukushkin raises concerns.

In the past year, according to the newspaper, a partnership involving Kukushkin obtained a dozen California state licenses to sell and distribute marijuana.

Ajax said state officials are looking at all the documentation associated with the licenses, which are provisional permits.

Kukushkin was indicted this month along with two associates of President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on charges involving funneling foreign money into U.S. politics.

Sacramento city officials separately called for an investigation to determine how Kukushkin and another businessman were able to get around restrictions on owning multiple marijuana retail shops.

The Times reported that Kukushkin and his partner secured nearly one-third of the licenses issued by the city.

The FBI already was investigating potential corruption in cannabis licensing in the Sacramento area.

An attorney for Kukushkin has said he intends to fight the charges filed in New York federal court.

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– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily

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One comment on “California probes marijuana licenses of indicted man tied to Giuliani associates
  1. david on

    Before regulation of cannabis, the industry enjoyed, honor, respect and a true attempt to provide a product to the consumer. Now we have free enterprise Infected by human greed and Canadian stock companies buying up the market fueled by an alcohol industry board that wrote rules and regulations completely void of the intent of the public initiation called prop 64. 320 pages of rules for one harmless plant. Yet sugar can be displayed at eye level to children everywhere! For those unaware, sugar is now responsible for more deaths than tobacco, alcohol and all illegal drug deaths combined. Cannabis (by it’s self) not only has never killed anyone, but has helped millions feel better. Why is feeling better so wrong.

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