Green Thumb Industries, a cannabis cultivator and dispenser in the Chicago area, is reportedly currently under federal investigation, following accusations that the company is guilty of pay-to-play violations during the time of COVID licensing.
The investigation, originally reported by The Chicago Tribune, is looking into campaign donations, as well as other means that the company used to secure licenses in Illinois and some other legal, cannabis-allowing states. As of yet, no charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing. Green Thumb Industries denied knowing about the investigation when questioned by The Chicago Tribune.
“Green Thumb takes compliance very seriously and operates with the highest standards of ethical business conduct,” said spokeswoman Linda Marsicano in a statement. “We are not aware of any such investigation.”
This case is the first federal inquiry into a Chicago-based cannabis company since the scramble for licenses and legal cannabis infrastructure began. Illinois is one of the states that has come under fire for the way they have handled the newly legal industry. Critics claim that the wealthy and those least impacted by the war on drugs are still the ones profiting under the legal system.
Supposed Allegations Still Unclear
Also known as GTI, Green Thumb Industries was one of