Federal Probe Into Missouri Medical Marijuana Licensing May Be Ongoing, Court Documents Suggest

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A spokesperson for the FBI said the agency cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. By Steve Vockrodt and Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent Federal law enforcement was still seeking information as recently as last summer about medical marijuana licensing in Missouri and utility contracts in Independence that have attracted FBI scrutiny for years. That’s according to sworn deposition testimony from a Kansas City-area businessman that surfaced publicly last week. The deposition of Joseph Campbell, owner of the real estate development firm Titan Fish, was conducted in November as part of an ongoing defamation lawsuit he and his company filed in 2020 against the City of Independence and two city council members. Excerpts of the deposition became public last week after they were filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by Independence’s attorneys. Campbell testified that agents from the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department’s public integrity unit interviewed him on July 13, 2021. The questions, according to Campbell’s testimony, focused on his involvement with a pair of utility contracts in Independence and medical marijuana licensing in Missouri—the latest indication that a potentially wide-ranging public corruption probe may be ongoing. Campbell in his deposition indicated the FBI wanted to talk to him further, but hadn’t as of the time he gave his testimony. During the deposition, Campbell said that as part of his July interview he was asked by federal agents about several people involved in state and local politics, including: Independence Mayor Eileen Weir former Independence council members Curt Dougherty and Tom Van Camp Independence City Manager Zach Walker Missouri lobbyist Steve Tilley former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl Campbell also testified that Gov. Mike Parson’s (R) name came up during the interview. But the deposition transcript that was filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court does not…

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