So just how lucrative is the medical pot business? Apparently plenty, given one man allegedly offered to pay $20,000 a month in bribes to Garden City officials for a dispensary permit and $150,000 to state officials for a grow license. Detroit Free Press
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Prosecutors say three family members conspired to pay bribes to Garden City officials to try to get them to allow a medical marijuana dispensary.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced Thursday the indictment against 54-year-old Mike Baydoun, his 52-year-old brother Ali Baydoun and 38-year-old nephew Jalal Baydoun. The indictment says they conspired last year to bribe the mayor, police chief and three City Council members in Garden City.
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Court records didn’t yet list lawyers for the Dearborn Heights men.
Federal authorities say they were willing to pay $150,000 if they could get a permit for a dispensary approved by City Council. Prosecutors say Ali Baydoun in December handed an official an envelope with $15,000, apparently $5,000 for three council members.The official gave the envelope to the FBI.
They also offered city officials a 25% percent cut of the profits, a police car and enough money to pay for a police officer’s yearly salary in exchange for a license to grow up to 1,500 medical marijuana plants in the city.
Under Garden City’s ordinance governing medical marijuana businesses, only two growing facilities could be located in the city and two businesses were already operating. The Baydouns allegedly