Nevada governor vows to 'root out' crime in pot marketplace

Economists are determining how much money recreational marijuana could generate or cost the state if it were to be approved by voters. (Pixabay)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's governor is expressing outrage and vowing to tighten marijuana licensing oversight after reports that a foreign national contributed to two top state political candidates last year in a bid to skirt rules to open a legal cannabis store.

Gov. Steve Sisolak declared Friday there's been "lack of oversight and inaction" of the lucrative recreational and medical pot industry by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The Democratic governor points to allegations made public Thursday in New York that a man identified as having "Russian roots" funneled $10,000 each to the Republican campaigns of Adam Laxalt and Wesley Duncan.

Laxalt lost the race for governor. Duncan ran unsuccessfully for attorney general.

Sisolak says he's commissioning a multi-agency task force to "root out potential corruption or criminal influences in Nevada's marijuana marketplace."

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