Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit
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One year following an FBI pot sting in a family restaurant parking lot, a Dearborn Heights man who was stung in the setup pleaded guilty to bribing Garden City officials for help with growing a medical marijuana business.
Specifically, Ali Baydoun, 52, was charged with conspiring with two others to bribe public officials in order to obtain authorization to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Garden City, and for a plant grow.
In U.S. District Court today, Baydoun admitted that on Dec. 2, 2016, he along with two associates delivered an evenlope containing $15,000 in cash bribes to a Garden City official. The money was to be divided into three bribes of $5,000 for three Garden City officials.
But unbeknownst to Baydoun, he was handing the money off to an official who was working undercover for the government — not a politician.
According to the U.S. Attorneys office, Baydoun also had placed $150,000 in an account as escrow to pay future bribes to officials.
Baydoun faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in April.
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The criminal case first surfaced in a forfeiture filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, where the FBI offered a glimpse into how potentially lucrative Michigan’s $1-billion medical pot business could be to entrepreneurs. According to documents filed in the Beydoun case, a Garden City restaurant owner told a public official that he could