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Missouri legislators continue probe of alleged conflicts in medical marijuana program

Despite hours of testimony in recent weeks from state regulators, Missouri lawmakers still have serious questions about alleged conflicts of interest in the fledgling medical marijuana industry.

With widespread reports of scoring irregularities and hundreds of appeals already filed by unsuccessful applicants, the Missouri House’s government oversight committee began holding hearings in early February to examine the roll out of the medical marijuana program.

Lyndall Fraker, the state’s medical marijuana czar, was grilled on a range of topics — from why a private company was hired to score applications to how the state will handle the more than 800 appeals of denied licenses filed so far.

But the main focus of the hearings thus far has been lingering concern among lawmakers that conflicts of interest could have tipped the scales in favor of certain applicants.

At the center of the allegations is the company hired by the state to score applications. Wise Health Solutions is a joint venture between Nevada-based Veracious Investigative & Compliance Solutions and Oaksterdam University, an unaccredited California institution in California that offers courses of study on the cannabis industry.

“I have concerns that there were conflicts,” Rep. Jared Taylor, R-Republic, said at a recent hearing. “I find it hard to believe that there wasn’t, or something that we would at least look into.”[Read More @ The Kansas City Star]

 

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