Another person has pleaded guilty to participating in a bribery scheme in Michigan designed to connect hopeful medical marijuana operators with licenses.
Lobbyist Brian Pierce said he gave at least $42,000 in bribes to a company controlled by former Republican Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson to help with cannabis license applications, MLive.com reported.
Johnson earlier pleaded guilty to accepting more than $100,000 in bribes from would-be cannabis business operators in exchange for help obtaining licenses
Pierce, for his part, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to accept a bribe.
According to MLive.com, the charge could carry up to five years in federal prison and result in a fine of up to $250,000.
Johnson, who chaired a Michigan medical marijuana licensing board from 2017 and 2019, and three others pleaded guilty to participating in the bribery scheme in April.
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