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New details show sprawling web of corruption in Southern California cannabis licensing

New information about a bribery scandal that has implicated local government officials from the Inland Empire to the San Gabriel Valley and southeast Los Angeles County is coming to light as a California lawmaker called for the creation of a statewide task force to combat corruption in the legal cannabis market.

Two plea agreements that describe pay-to-play schemes involving cannabis business licensing have been made public by federal prosecutors. These agreements support claims made in a Times investigation published last month that looked at how the legalization of marijuana led to a wave of corruption across California.



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