Deep inside a 21-page federal indictment of historic national political significance is the germ of a state pot story: A pair of Soviet-born businessmen working on behalf of the President’s lawyer had been trying to obtain a Nevada license.
Las Vegas Review Journal
- According to Thursday’s indictment, the scheme began in June of last year. Igor Froman (above) Lev Parnas and two other men “made plans to form a recreational marijuana business that would be funded by Foreign National-1’ and required gaining access to retail marijuana licenses in particular states including Las Vegas.”
- Froman made the maximum contribution allowed ($10,000) to Republican office seekers Adam Laxalt and Wesley Duncan last year. The two men, who live in Florida, attended a rally last year as well. Law enforcement considers the attempt to buy into cannabis part of a broader campaign finance scheme. Spokesmen for Laxalt and Duncan deny knowledge of Parnas and Froman.
- Trump attorney John Dowd hung up on the Review Journal reporter asking for comment.
- Today the Paiute tribe opens Nevada’s first tasting lounge. It’s arguable that no racial minority in legal cannabis is doing better in the biz than this tribe in Nevada.