Federal investigation in Florida congressman mentioned to incorporate his marijuana ties

Federal investigators are reportedly investigating whether embattled Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida accepted gifts in exchange for influencing medical marijuana policy.

CNN reported Friday that U.S. Department of Justice investigators are investigating whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas with several young women was part of a pay-to-play agreement in the marijuana industry.

Gaetz, who has connections with people in the industry, sponsored a piece of MMJ legislation in Florida as a state representative in 2014 and campaigned for marijuana reform nationwide.

Rep Matt Gaetz (R-Florida)

One of his close friends is a Florida doctor who started an MMJ advocacy group in the state and acquired a stake in a Miami-based MMJ company in 2018, according to a CNN report. The doctor was reportedly on that 2018 Bahamas trip with Gaetz.

The investigation into possible marijuana corruption is part of a broader investigation into whether Gaetz was in a relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Gaetz has rejected the allegations and stated that he was a victim of political and media prejudice.

A Gaetz spokesman told CNN that the marijuana tube was ridiculous.

“Matt Gaetz is a longtime political expert on the subject and passed legislation on the subject back in 2013. It’s risky to point out that someone else is nudging him,” the spokesman said.

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