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Happy Friday WeedWeek readers,

I hope you’re making it to the bottom, where our new High Society section features pics from cannabis events around the country. Send yours to 

Lots of news today:

  • Eight state votes to watch
  • A big earnings week
  • Husband of Trulieve CEO boasted of influencing lawmaker 

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Husband of Trulieve CEO boasted of influencing lawmaker

In bombshell testimony, J.T. Burnette, a Florida businessman and husband of Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers, confronted a secretly recorded conversation from 2016 in which he boasted to undercover FBI agents about working with a state representative to add legal barriers that would benefit his then-girlfriend’s company

  • The Capitolist reports, “On the recording, Burnette describes how he worked with then-state rep. Halsey Beshears(R) in 2014 to put “little tweaks” into the criteria for those applying for a MED license into Florida’s MED bill at the last minute, making it impossible for certain competitors to qualify for a license.” 
  • Testifying under oath, Burnette said that in the recording he had given a false impression to the FBI agents because he thought it was what they wanted to hear. ‘The reality is I was kind of bragging about something that happened before my time,” Burnette said.

Burnette is currently on trial for federal bribery and corruption charges. Neither Trulieve nor Rivers has been accused of wrongdoing.

Read all about it at, The Capitolist or my summary at WeedWeek.


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White Rabbit High Tea returned with an event in Venice, Calif. Here’s the High Tea Hostess (middle) taking a break with the tea tarts staff and Eve Maltzman (second from right), director of partnerships for White Rabbit.  

Courtesy White Rabbit High Tea


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