Ex-Michigan House Speaker, 3 Others Plead Guilty In Marijuana Bribery Probe

The board was responsible for, among other things, granting or denying licenses

Rick Johnson, the former chair of Michigan’s now defunct Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, has pleaded guilty alongside three others as part of a public corruption probe surrounding the state’s system for regulating medical marijuana.

Johnson, a Republican who also served as speaker of the state House of Representatives from 2001 through 2004, has been charged with accepting bribes as part of his role on the marijuana board, said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten.

The board itself was responsible for, among other things, granting or denying licenses for a number of roles within the marijuana industry including growers, processors and provisioning centers.

Johnson is alleged to have accepted multiple bribes, more than $100,000 in cash and other benefits, while serving as board chairman.

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