Detroit Marijuana Businessman Seeks Leniency in Bribery Case


This piece was reprinted with permission from Crain’s Detroit and written by David Eggert. 

The lawyer for a Detroit-area businessman who pleaded responsible to bribing a high marijuana regulator is disputing a beneficial jail sentence vary and asking {that a} federal decide give John Dawood Dalaly a lighter punishment regardless.

In a movement filed Wednesday, Raymond Cassar contended that the right guideline vary is 24 to 30 months in jail, not 37 to 46 months as calculated by the probation division. Prosecutors are in search of 30 to 37 months to account for his cooperation within the investigation during which three others have pleaded responsible, too.

Cassar objected to a four-level enhance as a result of the bribed official, Rick Johnson, chaired the state’s now-former medical marijuana licensing board — a high-level decision-making or delicate place. Johnson held one vote, and three of the 5 members have been wanted to assist an utility, Cassar wrote.

After Johnson was appointed chair in Might 2017, Dalaly was launched to Johnson — a Republican former Home speaker — over dinner by former Rep. Mike Callton, in line with Cassar. Dalaly requested Johnson to whom he might go together with questions due to difficulties with LARA. Johnson informed Dalaly to contact his spouse, Janice, who would act as a marketing consultant.

Dalaly requested if it was authorized, and Johnson mentioned it was as a result of she had her personal consulting firm. When Dalaly requested how a lot to pay, Johnson mentioned $4,000 a month.

“This was not some well-planned out bribery scheme and as a lot, the Court docket ought to take this into consideration when forming a good and simply punishment,” Cassar wrote.

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He mentioned $20,000 of the $68,200 in bribes, a July 2018 wire switch, was meant as a mortgage as a result of Johnson informed him he was dropping his farm.

Cassar additionally supplied background on Dalaly, 71.

His dad and mom immigrated from Iraq when he was 11. He was the one one within the household of eight to graduate highschool. He has been married for 45 years and has three youngsters and eight grandchildren. He’s a religious Catholic and volunteers as a Eucharistic minister, or communion steward, at hospitals and his church.

“He’s the caregiver for his whole household,” Cassar wrote, citing how he cared for sick family, paid their hospital and funeral payments, and is concerned with charitable works.

His 13-year-old granddaughter confronted him about what occurred after she examine him on the web.

“John responded, ‘Papa did enterprise with a nasty man.’ John lives with remorse and punishment on daily basis when he sees what this has executed to his household.”

Cassar additionally famous Dalaly’s enterprise accomplishments, together with his administration of hospitals. He organized greater than 3,000 staff within the Center East to assist create medical faculties and medical services, in line with the submitting.

Johnson, of Leroy, and two lobbyists — Brian Dennis Pierce of Midland and Vincent Tyler Brown of Royal Oak — are because of be sentenced on Sept. 28. Johnson accepted about $110,000 price of bribes and advantages, in line with his plea settlement.

Toronto-based Purple White & Bloom Manufacturers (OTC: RWBYF) purchased Southfield-based PharmaCo in 2022 after offering financing to the corporate since 2018 by means of an RWB subsidiary. Michicann Medical Inc. RWB was transferred 21 medical and adult-use licenses, together with dispensaries and develop operations.

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