Probe Into Rollout Of Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Program Expands
A legislative probe into the roll out of Missouri’s medical marijuana program has expanded into Gov. Mike Parson’s office.
The Kansas City Star reports a House panel is seeking records involving the governor’s deputy chief of staff (Robert Knodell), chief operating officer (Drew Erdmannn) and a longtime adviser to the governor who has been under FBI scrutiny.
The investigation was on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed because dispensaries are slated to open later this summer, according to Rep. Robert Ross. Ross is from Summersville.
A whistleblower complaint accused the department of lying to legislators in public testimony. The unsigned letter also questions the qualifications and salaries of those running the medical marijuana program at the state level.
The Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight on Thursday sent a letter to the Department of Health and Senior Services demanding records of interactions with industry insiders and details on how key decisions were made.
A spokeswoman for Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway, said the information was referred to law enforcement after a review by its public corruption and fraud division.
A legislative investigation was initiated by allegations of irregularities and conflicts of interest over how the license applications were scored and awarded.