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Canadian company ditches plans for large pot grow in Maine

August 18, 2018

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Canadian company has ditched plans to buy a marijuana-growing facility in Auburn, Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Vancouver-based C21 investments pulled the plug on the deal because of rules imposed by the Maine Legislature.

But the newspaper said the property’s owner, Kevin Dean, is also linked to a federal marijuana-trafficking and money-laundering investigation.

A grand jury indicted Dean’s former business partner on drug-trafficking charges tied to his alleged use of Dean’s cultivation facility in Auburn.

Federal authorities said the charges against the former partner are part of an investigation of a larger trafficking ring that illegally grew marijuana “under the cover of, but in violation of, Maine’s medical marijuana program.”

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