Under the radar of most Kansas City newsies, there's a worsening "situation" related to legal weed in Missouri and the new airport.
Whilst there is plenty of corruption involved in a sketchy deal . . . This tidbit is out in the open yet other outlets have failed to make the obvious connection.
A highlight via our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY . . .
ONE OF THE PRIME MOVERS IN THE NEW KCI CONCESSIONS DEAL CONFRONTS MORE QUESTIONS FROM THE FEDS ABOUT HIS LEGAL WEED LOBBYING!!!
A passage from tonight's news that's deserves highlighting . . .
"FBI agents interviewed lobbyists, lawmakers and Capitol staff, focusing on former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, a lobbyist for the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association and a close ally of Gov. Mike Parson.
"In addition to the medical marijuana program, authorities asked members of the Independence City Council about a utility contract in Independence won by a company a Tilley associate owned. The director of the state's medical marijuana program, Lyndall Fraker, said in an October 2020 deposition that a federal subpoena the department received was focused on a "situation" playing out in Independence."
Again, for those who don't know, weed lobbyist Mr. Tilley is a big part of the New KCI concessions deal.
This is part on an investigation that's just about to take off . . .
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri marijuana regulators received two federal grand jury subpoenas last fall, almost a year after authorities issued an initial demand for records from the state.
The first demand for records, issued in November 2019, directs the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide "any and all records pertaining to medical marijuana applications" for four individuals. Their names are redacted from the document.
The second subpoena, dated Sept. 9, 2020, requires marijuana regulators to provide records, but what the records pertain to is redacted from the document.
Translation . . .
THIS G-MAN WEED FISHING TRIP IS JUST GETTING STARTED!!!
Of course we're sure all of the New KCI players are above reproach and will have no problem answering tough questions from the feds that would make the rest of us run for the hills or catch the next plane to Timbuktu.
However . . .
New KCI fare pushed by way of a former Republican leader weed lobbyist doesn't exactly sound like something that would make a good Visit KC slogan.
And so feds lurking around new KCI and Independence deserves mention as an important part of the background on airport construction and sketchy local politics.
Developing . . .