Board of Directors of the Campaign to “ReformCA” took a heavy hit today as a key player was indicted on Federal Fraud Charges.
This group of people has long been associated with strong-arm tactics in their bid to control California’s marijuana market. It has been alleged throughout the industry that ASA’s self proclaimed “Marriage Partner” and others have used illegal tactics to gain this control.
The Charges filed today are the result of a 4 year FBI Investigation into the Payoff and Money Laundering Schemes known in the Cannabis Industry as “Pay for Play”. According to the Federal Indictment, it appears the costs associated with opening a dispensary include more than half a million dollars in payoffs. The payoffs did not go to UFCW, which had no knowledge of or involvement in Mr. Rush’s activities. The payoffs went to Mr. Rush. This indictment is like throwing a stick of dynamite into ReformCa upcoming attempt to corner the pot market in 2016. They do this by writing legislation that creates a “Two-Tiered Restrictive Permitting Pot Monopoly” designed to make criminals out of cannabis consumers and growers. The goal is to continue the high prices and profits of prohibition and delivering the profits right back into the racket they control.
The Indictment accuses Dan Rush of using Medical Marijuana Attorney Marc Terbeek to take payoffs and launder money from people who wanted to open marijuana stores. In exchange, Dan Rush (UFCW, ReformCA, ASA) offers to reject Union Endorsements to other applicants. But it goes way deeper than that. The FBI appears to have wiretaps of almost 50 payoffs to Dan Rush. The Indictment says there will be likely be more.
Just as they are about to unveil their potentially destructive voter initiative to destroy prop 215, one board member may be going to prison for these activities, which many people allege are common throughout the industry. (Prop 215 is a medical marijuana voter iniative that allows sick and dying patients to cultivate their own plant matter). According to Emails sent to us, Dan Rush has openly called for the destruction of prop 215.
Quote from the above email: