Legal marijuana’s side effect: New avenues for government corruption

An article on Yahoo News reports that the rise of legal marijiuana in the U.S. has been attended by a rise in local corruption — not unheard of when profit, government officials and government regulation intersect.

The article includes a lengthy passage on happenings in Arkansas during the slow, convoluted and contentious rollout of medical marijuana here.

It includes familiar facts — the marijuana commissioner, Travis Story, with ties to a state legislator. A suspicion that one permit applicant might have offered a bribe to a member of the commission. Racial politics Legal battles, only one successful, as detailed here:

Abraham Carpenter, a farmer in Grady, Ark., who also grows produce and hemp. Carpenter Farms was the only 100 percent Black-owned…

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