Michigan to probe potential for medical marijuana licensing bribes

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is requesting that state police investigate whether regulators are taking bribes in exchange for medical marijuana licenses.

Snyder’s spokeswoman told the Detroit Free Press the governor asked the state police to open an investigation.

The move comes after state Democratic Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights raised the issue in a letter to the Republican governor about a Detroit-area bribery case.

Three family members – Mike Baydoun, Ali Baydoun and Jalal Baydoun – pleaded guilty to federal charges for a scheme to pay bribes to allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

The case involved officials in Garden City, who notified federal investigators after they were approached.

The federal government said in an indictment that the Baydouns delivered $15,000, and that Mike Baydoun pledged to set aside $150,000 for future bribes.

State officials in California and Arkansas are also investigating claims of bribery in the licensing process.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily