The FBI suspects foul-play in the Nevada cannabis licensing process and has started investigating all aspects involved in the process.
Since the industry was legalized in 2016, there have always been claims and complaints on how licenses were being issued to businesses. It has been a cycle of lawsuits being brought up by rejected applicants against licensed applicants.
The ethics being used in the licensing process has brought up so many suspicions as to why only cannabis companies affiliated with politicians and other business leaders were the only ones being licensed by the state.
In the last five years since the industry was established, almost 800 licenses have been issued for all segments of the industry. 335 of the issued licenses are dual licenses for businesses to sell both medical and adult-use cannabis.
For the last 12 months, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been analyzing the several stages involved in getting a cannabis retail license in Nevada. The agents claim that they have received reports of corruption in the way cannabis business permits are awarded to applicants in the state.
It is said that since the state established the legal recreational cannabis industry, actors have had to grease the palms of some executives to get their licenses to operate. The FBI describes this as a “pay-to-play situation” and it seeks to establish whether their allegations are true or false.
Las Vegas Review-Journal has been on top of the case. According to their findings, the bureau’s agents have had several discussions with the executives of the marijuana industry for some months.
The Review-journal was able to discover that dispensary owners have also been interviewed by FBI agents.
Chad Christensen, a former state lawmaker and a part-owner of Pisos dispensary in Las Vegas disclosed to the