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.

Quick Hit

  1. 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.
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