Kern County officials deny allegations of bribery from medical cannabis dispensary | NewsPosted by On

Kern County officials were quick to deny allegations brought forward Monday by a man connected to a Rosamond medical marijuana dispensary claiming he was forced to pay bribes to county officials to keep the marijuana facility open in 2010.

David Peralta, husband of an owner of the Antelope Valley Diamond Collective in Rosamond, said he paid Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Director Lorelei Oviatt $70,000 in cash to clear the way for the medical marijuana dispensary to operate.

The allegations are included in a lawsuit filed in January by the group Citizens Against Corruption, a loose collection of Kern County medical marijuana dispensaries which is organized by former dispensary owner David Abbasi. 

In the lawsuit, the group claims that county…

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