Nevada has put a top cannabis regulator at the state taxation department on leave.
Las Vegas Review Journal
- A lawsuit filed by many cannabis companies who didn’t receive licenses says applicants who met with Pupo “received favorable treatment in exchange.”
- In court testimony cited in the suit, Pupo suggested companies expressed interest in hiring him though he denied interpreting the comments as formal job offers. Dangling a job offer as an attempt to influence a regulator is illegal in Nevada.
- The lawsuit accuses the state of “rampant illegality and corruption” in its licensing process.
- The state has not commented on the lawsuit or Pupo’s leave.