BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating Boston's contracts and payments with marijuana companies as part of a statewide probe.

The Boston Globe reports a federal grand jury has subpoenaed the city for records of interactions between local officials and marijuana company representatives.

City and federal officials declined to comment, citing grand jury confidentiality requirements.

The subpoena is part of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's wide-ranging investigation into public corruption in the nascent legal marijuana industry.

Brookline and other Massachusetts communities confirm Lelling's office has issued them similar subpoenas seeking information about host community agreements with marijuana companies.

Firms must secure an agreement with the community they plan to operate in before seeking a state license.

But critics say local officials often demand more money than allowed under state law in the financial deals.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.