(PatrioticPost.com)- The scandal-plagued Democrat’s top advisers switched to a new campaign when former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum was detained on federal corruption charges- a legal marijuana proposal led by a business with connections to the corrupt figures in the city.
Former Gillum campaign lawyer Glenn Burhans and former Gillum fundraising PAC head Andrew Gay were listed as the organization’s registered agent and treasurer in the organizing documents Smart & Safe Florida—a political action committee working to legalize recreational marijuana—filed with the state on August 8. The action was taken six weeks after Gillum was detained on federal corruption accusations following a lengthy investigation into political misconduct in Tallahassee, the city Gillum served from 2014 to 2018.
Trulieve, the organization leading the fight for legalized recreational marijuana, has previously been investigated. J.T. Burnette, a prominent Tallahassee real estate developer and the husband of Kim Rivers, the CEO of Trulieve, received a three-year federal prison sentence in November 2021 due to the inquiry. The case’s text conversations revealed Burnette working with a city commissioner to enact a temporary restriction on opening new medical marijuana stores, which benefited Trulieve.
Additionally, Burnette boasted to the undercover FBI agents that he collaborated with a state lawmaker at the time to make “little tweaks” to a bill that specified which businesses could apply for medical marijuana licenses in Florida. These changes prevented some of Trulieve’s rivals from getting licenses and were made part of the scheme.
The corporation donated $5 million to Smart & Safe Florida in August.
Following the disgraced Democrat’s swift fall from grace, Burhans and Gay now have a new political goal thanks to their work for the Trulieve-led cannabis push. In March 2020, Gillum and two other men were discovered unconscious in a drug-filled hotel room that contained crystal meth, Xanax, and a substance frequently injected into the penis by erectile dysfunctional men. Gillum had narrowly lost the 2018 race for governor of Florida to Republican Ron DeSantis by just 0.4 percent. A gay male escort who overdosed on drugs was one of the two men with Gillum.