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Os americanos não são os únicos questionando seu futuro

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A divisão do país se aprofunda, mesmo na indústria de alimentos.

Ao longo da eleição de 2016, o indústria de restaurantes sofreu perdas nos negócios e agora ainda está questionando seu destino depois que Donald Trump foi eleito o próximo presidente dos Estados Unidos na terça-feira.

Arizona, Colorado e Maine votaram para aumentar o salário mínimo para US $ 12 por hora até 2020, e o estado de Washington votou por aumentá-lo para US $ 13,50 por hora até 2020, de acordo com Notícias de restaurantes nacionais.

No entanto, é improvável que haja um aumento do salário mínimo federal sob a presidência de Trump, relatou a NRN.

“Estamos encorajados por esses aumentos estaduais e esperamos continuar a crescer para nossos negócios e a economia com aumentos estaduais e federais futuros”, disse Bill Phelps, cofundador e CEO da Wetzel’s Pretzels, em um comunicado.

Os profissionais da área de restaurantes recorreram às redes sociais para expressar suas opiniões sobre o resultado da eleição.

Gregg Majewski, um franqueado de Jimmy John, postou no Twitter: “Os custos com saúde e os requisitos salariais serão relaxados. O salário mínimo ainda aumentará, mas a uma taxa justa. No geral positivo. ”

Por outro lado, o restaurateur Andrew Carmellini da cidade de Nova York disse que "o preconceito e a misoginia venceram" em uma série de tweets opondo-se a Trump.

O analista de Wall Street David Tarantino disse em um relatório que acredita que o ciclo eleitoral desempenhou um papel importante nos gastos dos consumidores em restaurantes nos últimos sete meses. Ele disse na segunda-feira que estaria procurando sinais de que a demanda subjacente estava começando a retornar.


Como a sonda Gaetz cresceu de tráfico sexual para maconha médica

As principais manchetes do Fox News Flash estão aqui. Confira o que está clicando em Foxnews.com.

Quando o deputado Matt Gaetz passou férias nas Bahamas em 2018, ele foi acompanhado por um médico que doou para sua campanha e um ex-colega na legislatura da Flórida.

O congressista republicano, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo e Halsey Beshears estavam unidos em seu prazer pela política, viagens extravagantes e a companhia de mulheres bonitas. Eles também tinham outro interesse mútuo: a indústria de maconha medicinal de US $ 1,2 bilhão da Flórida.

A viagem às Bahamas é um elemento central de uma investigação federal em torno de Gaetz que de repente colocou em risco sua carreira política. O que começou como uma investigação sobre tráfico sexual e se Gaetz pagava mulheres e uma garota menor em troca de sexo se tornou uma análise mais ampla da corrupção pública, de acordo com pessoas familiarizadas com a investigação.

Os investigadores estão investigando se Gaetz e seus associados tentaram garantir empregos públicos para algumas das mulheres, disseram as pessoas. Eles também estão examinando as conexões de Gaetz com o setor de maconha medicinal, incluindo se Pirozzolo e outros procuraram influenciar a legislação que Gaetz patrocinou. A investigação inclui legislação de 2018, quando Gaetz estava no Congresso, e trabalhos anteriores no Legislativo, de acordo com uma das pessoas.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 16 de outubro de 2002, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Flórida, se dirige à multidão durante um comício de campanha do presidente Donald Trump no Aeroporto Internacional de Ocala em Ocala, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Trump, ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack, Arquivo)

A pressão sobre o congressista pode aumentar nas próximas semanas, já que Joel Greenberg, um associado do Gaetz que foi acusado de traficar um menor para sexo, enfrenta o prazo de 15 de maio para chegar a um acordo judicial com os promotores. Se o fizer, Greenberg pode ser pressionado a cooperar com os investigadores federais e entregar informações prejudiciais contra Gaetz.

Nenhuma das pessoas na viagem às Bahamas foi acusada de crime. Gaetz negou veementemente qualquer irregularidade e contratou advogados poderosos. O deputado e seu representante não responderam a mensagem solicitando comentários para esta matéria.

Beshears e um advogado de Pirozzolo se recusaram a comentar esta história.

A Associated Press conversou com mais de 10 pessoas familiarizadas com a dinâmica entre Gaetz, Pirozzolo e Beshears. Três das pessoas tiveram conhecimento da investigação. Todos falaram sob condição de anonimato porque não tinham permissão para discutir publicamente a investigação em andamento.

O interesse de Gaetz pela maconha medicinal remonta a quase uma década, quando ele era membro da Câmara dos Representantes da Flórida. Muito antes de ganhar atenção nacional por seu apoio inabalável a Donald Trump, Gaetz conquistaria uma reputação incomum em Tallahassee como um republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha.

Em fevereiro de 2014, Gaetz co-patrocinou o primeiro esforço estadual para permitir a maconha para uso medicinal. Sua proposta permitindo o uso de um extrato não alucinógeno de maconha foi limitada a pacientes com câncer ou uma forma grave de epilepsia e aos poucos ganhou o apoio de seu pai, Don Gaetz, que estava então servindo como presidente do Senado da Flórida e disse que estava "sendo espancado "por seu filho por apoiá-lo.

Gaetz lançou sua proposta como uma alternativa reduzida a uma medida eleitoral estadual que legalizaria amplamente a maconha medicinal. A lei de Gaetz foi aprovada com amplo apoio bipartidário e sancionada pelo governador republicano Rick Scott em junho de 2014, enquanto a medida estadual falhou por pouco nas urnas naquele novembro.

No dia em que a medida de Gaetz foi colocada para um debate final e votação na Casa da Flórida, Pirozzolo e Beshears estavam presentes.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 1º de maio de 2014, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, responde a perguntas sobre o projeto de maconha medicinal durante a sessão em Tallahassee, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Donald Trump , ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (Foto AP / Steve Cannon, Arquivo)

Beshears era um colega republicano do Legislativo que se juntou a Gaetz para apoiar a legislação. Pirozzolo, um médico de mão e piloto de Orlando, estava lá servindo como o médico do dia para os legisladores - uma função que ele freqüentemente assumia voando em seu próprio avião para Tallahassee.

Depois que a legislação foi aprovada, criou novas oportunidades lucrativas para a família de Beshears e Pirozzolo.

O antigo viveiro de propriedade da família de Beshears foi premiado com uma das cinco licenças altamente cobiçadas para cultivar e dispensar maconha medicinal.

A legislação foi escrita para especificar - e restringir - quem poderia ganhar tal licença. Uma emenda adicionada por outro legislador na Câmara estadual limitou o grupo de candidatos a viveiros que estavam em operação contínua por 30 anos e tinham um estoque de 400.000 ou mais plantas.

O viveiro da família Beshears, junto com outros dois produtores, atendeu a esse padrão.

O Tampa Bay Times relatou em 2014 que Beshears não apresentou um relatório de conflito de interesses quando votou o projeto de lei, e o legislador que patrocinou a emenda queria "errar ao lado de limitar quem poderia se qualificar agora" ao embarcar em tal uma nova indústria. Mais licenças foram concedidas desde então, mas a indústria ainda é rigidamente controlada.

Outra emenda adicionada à legislação de 2014 no dia em que Pirozzolo assistiu na Câmara estadual exigia que os candidatos a dispensários contratassem um médico como diretor médico.

Oito dias depois, Pirozzolo abriu uma empresa de consultoria conectando negócios de maconha com diretores médicos, relatou o Orlando Sentinel. Mais tarde, ele co-fundou um grupo chamado American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, que defende os médicos que recomendam a cannabis medicinal.

Gaetz falou pelo menos duas vezes nas conferências anuais da associação, incluindo uma aparição com o confidente de longa data de Trump, Roger Stone, de acordo com as postagens do grupo nas redes sociais e as lembranças de um membro.

Com recomendações de Gaetz e Beshears em 2018, Pirozzolo foi nomeado pelo atual governador, o republicano Ron DeSantis, para atuar no conselho que administra o Aeroporto Internacional de Orlando. Em 2019, ele ficou ao lado de DeSantis em uma pista de aeroporto e cumprimentou Trump quando ele chegou a Orlando para dar início à sua campanha de reeleição, de acordo com um vídeo postado online por um repórter do Sentinel.

Dois anos depois da primeira lei de maconha medicinal de Gaetz, ele patrocinou outra medida no Legislativo para expandi-la, permitindo que pacientes próximos à morte usassem maconha não-fumante em todos os níveis e doses.

No dia em que foi levado a uma votação na Câmara estadual, Beshears votou a favor e Pirozzolo testemunhou, novamente servindo como o médico do dia.

Na época em que Gaetz estava no Congresso em 2018, ele apresentou uma legislação que aumentaria o número de entidades que conduziriam pesquisas sobre a maconha. A legislação incluía disposições semelhantes às que o grupo de Pirozzolo estava pressionando para também expandir a pesquisa.


Como a sonda Gaetz cresceu de tráfico sexual para maconha médica

As principais manchetes do Fox News Flash estão aqui. Confira o que está clicando em Foxnews.com.

Quando o deputado Matt Gaetz passou férias nas Bahamas em 2018, ele foi acompanhado por um médico que doou para sua campanha e um ex-colega no Legislativo da Flórida.

O congressista republicano, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo e Halsey Beshears estavam unidos em seu prazer pela política, viagens extravagantes e a companhia de mulheres bonitas. Eles também tinham outro interesse mútuo: a indústria de maconha medicinal de US $ 1,2 bilhão da Flórida.

A viagem às Bahamas é um elemento central de uma investigação federal em torno de Gaetz que de repente colocou em risco sua carreira política. O que começou como uma investigação sobre tráfico sexual e se Gaetz pagava mulheres e uma menor em troca de sexo se tornou uma revisão mais ampla da corrupção pública, de acordo com pessoas familiarizadas com a investigação.

Os investigadores estão investigando se Gaetz e seus associados tentaram garantir empregos públicos para algumas das mulheres, disseram as pessoas. Eles também estão examinando as conexões de Gaetz com o setor de maconha medicinal, incluindo se Pirozzolo e outros procuraram influenciar a legislação que Gaetz patrocinou. A investigação inclui legislação de 2018, quando Gaetz estava no Congresso, e trabalhos anteriores no Legislativo, de acordo com uma das pessoas.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 16 de outubro de 2002, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Flórida, se dirige à multidão durante um comício de campanha do presidente Donald Trump no Aeroporto Internacional de Ocala em Ocala, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Trump, ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack, Arquivo)

A pressão sobre o congressista pode aumentar nas próximas semanas, já que Joel Greenberg, um associado do Gaetz que foi acusado de traficar um menor para sexo, enfrenta o prazo de 15 de maio para chegar a um acordo judicial com os promotores. Se o fizer, Greenberg pode ser pressionado a cooperar com os investigadores federais e entregar informações prejudiciais contra Gaetz.

Nenhuma das pessoas na viagem às Bahamas foi acusada de crime. Gaetz negou veementemente qualquer irregularidade e contratou advogados poderosos. O deputado e seu representante não responderam a mensagem solicitando comentários para esta matéria.

Beshears e um advogado de Pirozzolo se recusaram a comentar esta história.

A Associated Press falou com mais de 10 pessoas familiarizadas com a dinâmica entre Gaetz, Pirozzolo e Beshears. Três das pessoas tiveram conhecimento da investigação. Todos falaram sob condição de anonimato porque não tinham permissão para discutir publicamente a investigação em andamento.

O interesse de Gaetz pela maconha medicinal remonta a quase uma década, quando ele era membro da Câmara dos Representantes da Flórida. Muito antes de ganhar atenção nacional por seu apoio inabalável a Donald Trump, Gaetz conquistaria uma reputação incomum em Tallahassee como um republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha.

Em fevereiro de 2014, Gaetz co-patrocinou o primeiro esforço estadual para permitir a maconha para uso medicinal. Sua proposta permitindo o uso de um extrato não alucinógeno de maconha foi limitada a pacientes com câncer ou uma forma grave de epilepsia e aos poucos ganhou o apoio de seu pai, Don Gaetz, que estava então servindo como presidente do Senado da Flórida e disse que estava "sendo espancado "por seu filho por apoiá-lo.

Gaetz lançou sua proposta como uma alternativa reduzida a uma medida eleitoral estadual que legalizaria amplamente a maconha medicinal. A lei de Gaetz foi aprovada com amplo apoio bipartidário e sancionada pelo governador republicano Rick Scott em junho de 2014, enquanto a medida estadual falhou por pouco nas urnas naquele novembro.

No dia em que a medida de Gaetz foi colocada para um debate final e votação na Casa da Flórida, Pirozzolo e Beshears estavam presentes.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 1º de maio de 2014, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, responde a perguntas sobre o projeto de maconha medicinal durante a sessão em Tallahassee, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Donald Trump , ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (Foto AP / Steve Cannon, Arquivo)

Beshears era um colega republicano do Legislativo que se juntou a Gaetz para apoiar a legislação. Pirozzolo, um médico de mão e piloto de Orlando, estava lá servindo como o médico do dia para os legisladores - uma função que ele freqüentemente assumia voando em seu próprio avião para Tallahassee.

Depois que a legislação foi aprovada, criou novas oportunidades lucrativas para a família de Beshears e Pirozzolo.

O antigo viveiro de propriedade da família de Beshears foi premiado com uma das cinco licenças altamente cobiçadas para cultivar e dispensar maconha medicinal.

A legislação foi escrita para especificar - e restringir - quem poderia ganhar tal licença. Uma emenda adicionada por outro legislador na Câmara estadual limitou o grupo de candidatos a viveiros que estavam em operação contínua por 30 anos e tinham um estoque de 400.000 ou mais plantas.

O viveiro da família Beshears, junto com outros dois produtores, atendeu a esse padrão.

O Tampa Bay Times relatou em 2014 que Beshears não apresentou um relatório de conflito de interesses quando votou o projeto de lei, e o legislador que patrocinou a emenda queria "errar ao lado de limitar quem poderia se qualificar agora" ao embarcar em tal uma nova indústria. Mais licenças foram concedidas desde então, mas a indústria ainda é rigidamente controlada.

Outra emenda adicionada à legislação de 2014 no dia em que Pirozzolo assistiu na Câmara estadual exigia que os candidatos a dispensários contratassem um médico como diretor médico.

Oito dias depois, Pirozzolo abriu uma empresa de consultoria conectando negócios de maconha com diretores médicos, relatou o Orlando Sentinel. Mais tarde, ele co-fundou um grupo chamado American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, que defende os médicos que recomendam a cannabis medicinal.

Gaetz falou pelo menos duas vezes nas conferências anuais da associação, incluindo uma aparição com o confidente de longa data de Trump, Roger Stone, de acordo com as postagens do grupo nas redes sociais e as lembranças de um membro.

Com recomendações de Gaetz e Beshears em 2018, Pirozzolo foi nomeado pelo atual governador, o republicano Ron DeSantis, para atuar no conselho que administra o Aeroporto Internacional de Orlando. Em 2019, ele ficou ao lado de DeSantis em uma pista de aeroporto e cumprimentou Trump quando ele chegou a Orlando para dar início à sua campanha de reeleição, de acordo com um vídeo postado online por um repórter do Sentinel.

Dois anos depois da primeira lei de maconha medicinal de Gaetz, ele patrocinou outra medida no Legislativo para expandi-la, permitindo que pacientes próximos à morte usassem maconha não-fumante em todos os níveis e doses.

No dia em que foi levado a uma votação na Câmara estadual, Beshears votou a favor e Pirozzolo testemunhou, novamente servindo como o médico do dia.

Na época em que Gaetz estava no Congresso em 2018, ele apresentou uma legislação que aumentaria o número de entidades que conduziriam pesquisas sobre a maconha. A legislação incluía disposições semelhantes às que o grupo de Pirozzolo estava pressionando para também expandir a pesquisa.


Como a sonda Gaetz cresceu de tráfico sexual para maconha médica

As principais manchetes do Fox News Flash estão aqui. Confira o que está clicando em Foxnews.com.

Quando o deputado Matt Gaetz passou férias nas Bahamas em 2018, ele foi acompanhado por um médico que doou para sua campanha e um ex-colega no Legislativo da Flórida.

O congressista republicano, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo e Halsey Beshears estavam unidos em seu prazer pela política, viagens extravagantes e a companhia de mulheres bonitas. Eles também tinham outro interesse mútuo: a indústria de maconha medicinal de US $ 1,2 bilhão da Flórida.

A viagem às Bahamas é um elemento central de uma investigação federal em torno de Gaetz que de repente colocou em risco sua carreira política. O que começou como uma investigação sobre tráfico sexual e se Gaetz pagava mulheres e uma menor em troca de sexo se tornou uma revisão mais ampla da corrupção pública, de acordo com pessoas familiarizadas com a investigação.

Os investigadores estão investigando se Gaetz e seus associados tentaram garantir empregos públicos para algumas das mulheres, disseram as pessoas. Eles também estão examinando as conexões de Gaetz com o setor de maconha medicinal, incluindo se Pirozzolo e outros procuraram influenciar a legislação que Gaetz patrocinou. A investigação inclui legislação de 2018, quando Gaetz estava no Congresso, e trabalhos anteriores no Legislativo, de acordo com uma das pessoas.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 16 de outubro de 2002, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Flórida, se dirige à multidão durante um comício de campanha do presidente Donald Trump no Aeroporto Internacional de Ocala em Ocala, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Trump, ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack, Arquivo)

A pressão sobre o congressista pode aumentar nas próximas semanas, já que Joel Greenberg, um associado do Gaetz que foi acusado de traficar um menor para sexo, enfrenta o prazo de 15 de maio para chegar a um acordo judicial com os promotores. Se o fizer, Greenberg pode ser pressionado a cooperar com os investigadores federais e entregar informações prejudiciais contra Gaetz.

Nenhuma das pessoas na viagem às Bahamas foi acusada de crime. Gaetz negou veementemente qualquer irregularidade e contratou advogados poderosos. O deputado e seu representante não responderam a mensagem solicitando comentários para esta matéria.

Beshears e um advogado de Pirozzolo se recusaram a comentar esta história.

A Associated Press falou com mais de 10 pessoas familiarizadas com a dinâmica entre Gaetz, Pirozzolo e Beshears. Três das pessoas tiveram conhecimento da investigação. Todos falaram sob condição de anonimato porque não tinham permissão para discutir publicamente a investigação em andamento.

O interesse de Gaetz pela maconha medicinal remonta a quase uma década, quando ele era membro da Câmara dos Representantes da Flórida. Muito antes de ganhar atenção nacional por seu apoio inabalável a Donald Trump, Gaetz conquistaria uma reputação incomum em Tallahassee como um republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha.

Em fevereiro de 2014, Gaetz co-patrocinou o primeiro esforço estadual para permitir a maconha para uso medicinal. Sua proposta permitindo o uso de um extrato não alucinógeno de maconha foi limitada a pacientes com câncer ou uma forma grave de epilepsia e aos poucos ganhou o apoio de seu pai, Don Gaetz, que estava então servindo como presidente do Senado da Flórida e disse que estava "sendo espancado "por seu filho por apoiá-lo.

Gaetz lançou sua proposta como uma alternativa reduzida a uma medida eleitoral estadual que legalizaria amplamente a maconha medicinal. A lei de Gaetz foi aprovada com amplo apoio bipartidário e sancionada pelo governador republicano Rick Scott em junho de 2014, enquanto a medida estadual falhou por pouco nas urnas naquele novembro.

No dia em que a medida de Gaetz foi colocada para um debate final e votação na Casa da Flórida, Pirozzolo e Beshears estavam presentes.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 1º de maio de 2014, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, responde a perguntas sobre o projeto de maconha medicinal durante a sessão em Tallahassee, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Donald Trump , ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (Foto AP / Steve Cannon, Arquivo)

Beshears era um colega republicano do Legislativo que se juntou a Gaetz para apoiar a legislação. Pirozzolo, um médico de mão e piloto de Orlando, estava lá servindo como o médico do dia para os legisladores - uma função que ele freqüentemente assumia voando em seu próprio avião para Tallahassee.

Depois que a legislação foi aprovada, criou novas oportunidades lucrativas para a família de Beshears e Pirozzolo.

O antigo viveiro de propriedade da família de Beshears foi premiado com uma das cinco licenças altamente cobiçadas para cultivar e dispensar maconha medicinal.

A legislação foi escrita para especificar - e restringir - quem poderia ganhar tal licença. Uma emenda adicionada por outro legislador na Câmara estadual limitou o grupo de candidatos a viveiros que estavam em operação contínua por 30 anos e tinham um estoque de 400.000 ou mais plantas.

O viveiro da família Beshears, junto com outros dois produtores, atendeu a esse padrão.

O Tampa Bay Times relatou em 2014 que Beshears não apresentou um relatório de conflito de interesses quando votou o projeto de lei, e o legislador que patrocinou a emenda queria "errar ao lado de limitar quem poderia se qualificar agora" ao embarcar em tal uma nova indústria. Mais licenças foram concedidas desde então, mas a indústria ainda é rigidamente controlada.

Outra emenda adicionada à legislação de 2014 no dia em que Pirozzolo assistiu na Câmara estadual exigia que os candidatos a dispensários contratassem um médico como diretor médico.

Oito dias depois, Pirozzolo abriu uma empresa de consultoria conectando negócios de maconha com diretores médicos, relatou o Orlando Sentinel. Mais tarde, ele co-fundou um grupo chamado American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, que defende os médicos que recomendam a cannabis medicinal.

Gaetz falou pelo menos duas vezes nas conferências anuais da associação, incluindo uma aparição com o confidente de longa data de Trump, Roger Stone, de acordo com as postagens do grupo nas redes sociais e as lembranças de um membro.

Com recomendações de Gaetz e Beshears em 2018, Pirozzolo foi nomeado pelo atual governador, o republicano Ron DeSantis, para atuar no conselho que administra o Aeroporto Internacional de Orlando. Em 2019, ele ficou ao lado de DeSantis em uma pista de aeroporto e cumprimentou Trump quando ele chegou a Orlando para dar início à sua campanha de reeleição, de acordo com um vídeo postado online por um repórter do Sentinel.

Dois anos depois da primeira lei de maconha medicinal de Gaetz, ele patrocinou outra medida no Legislativo para expandi-la, permitindo que pacientes próximos à morte usassem maconha não-fumante em todos os níveis e doses.

No dia em que foi levado a uma votação na Câmara estadual, Beshears votou a favor e Pirozzolo testemunhou, novamente servindo como o médico do dia.

Na época em que Gaetz estava no Congresso em 2018, ele apresentou uma legislação que aumentaria o número de entidades que conduziriam pesquisas sobre a maconha. A legislação incluía disposições semelhantes às que o grupo de Pirozzolo estava pressionando para também expandir a pesquisa.


Como a sonda Gaetz cresceu de tráfico sexual para maconha médica

As principais manchetes do Fox News Flash estão aqui. Confira o que está clicando em Foxnews.com.

Quando o deputado Matt Gaetz passou férias nas Bahamas em 2018, ele foi acompanhado por um médico que doou para sua campanha e um ex-colega no Legislativo da Flórida.

O congressista republicano, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo e Halsey Beshears estavam unidos em seu prazer pela política, viagens extravagantes e a companhia de mulheres bonitas. Eles também tinham outro interesse mútuo: a indústria de maconha medicinal de US $ 1,2 bilhão da Flórida.

A viagem às Bahamas é um elemento central de uma investigação federal em torno de Gaetz que de repente colocou em risco sua carreira política. O que começou como uma investigação sobre tráfico sexual e se Gaetz pagava mulheres e uma garota menor em troca de sexo se tornou uma análise mais ampla da corrupção pública, de acordo com pessoas familiarizadas com a investigação.

Os investigadores estão investigando se Gaetz e seus associados tentaram garantir empregos públicos para algumas das mulheres, disseram as pessoas. Eles também estão examinando as conexões de Gaetz com o setor de maconha medicinal, incluindo se Pirozzolo e outros procuraram influenciar a legislação que Gaetz patrocinou. A investigação inclui legislação de 2018, quando Gaetz estava no Congresso, e trabalhos anteriores no Legislativo, de acordo com uma das pessoas.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 16 de outubro de 2002, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Flórida, se dirige à multidão durante um comício de campanha do presidente Donald Trump no Aeroporto Internacional de Ocala em Ocala, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Trump, ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack, Arquivo)

A pressão sobre o congressista pode aumentar nas próximas semanas, já que Joel Greenberg, um associado do Gaetz que foi acusado de traficar um menor para sexo, enfrenta o prazo de 15 de maio para chegar a um acordo judicial com os promotores. Se o fizer, Greenberg pode ser pressionado a cooperar com os investigadores federais e entregar informações prejudiciais contra Gaetz.

Nenhuma das pessoas na viagem às Bahamas foi acusada de crime. Gaetz negou veementemente qualquer irregularidade e contratou advogados poderosos. O deputado e seu representante não responderam a mensagem solicitando comentários para esta matéria.

Beshears e um advogado de Pirozzolo se recusaram a comentar esta história.

A Associated Press conversou com mais de 10 pessoas familiarizadas com a dinâmica entre Gaetz, Pirozzolo e Beshears. Três das pessoas tiveram conhecimento da investigação. Todos falaram sob condição de anonimato porque não tinham permissão para discutir publicamente a investigação em andamento.

O interesse de Gaetz pela maconha medicinal remonta a quase uma década, quando ele era membro da Câmara dos Representantes da Flórida. Muito antes de ganhar atenção nacional por seu apoio inabalável a Donald Trump, Gaetz conquistaria uma reputação incomum em Tallahassee como um republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha.

Em fevereiro de 2014, Gaetz co-patrocinou o primeiro esforço estadual para permitir a maconha para uso medicinal. Sua proposta permitindo o uso de um extrato não alucinógeno de maconha foi limitada a pacientes com câncer ou uma forma grave de epilepsia e aos poucos ganhou o apoio de seu pai, Don Gaetz, que estava então servindo como presidente do Senado da Flórida e disse que estava "sendo espancado "por seu filho por apoiá-lo.

Gaetz lançou sua proposta como uma alternativa reduzida a uma medida eleitoral estadual que legalizaria amplamente a maconha medicinal. A lei de Gaetz foi aprovada com amplo apoio bipartidário e sancionada pelo governador republicano Rick Scott em junho de 2014, enquanto a medida estadual falhou por pouco nas urnas naquele novembro.

No dia em que a medida de Gaetz foi colocada para um debate final e votação na Casa da Flórida, Pirozzolo e Beshears estavam presentes.

ARQUIVO - Nesta foto de arquivo de 1º de maio de 2014, o deputado Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, responde a perguntas sobre o projeto de maconha medicinal durante a sessão em Tallahassee, Flórida. Antes de Gaetz ganhar destaque nacional como um ardente defensor de Donald Trump , ele conquistou uma reputação incomum na Flórida: um legislador republicano que queria liberalizar as leis sobre a maconha. (Foto AP / Steve Cannon, Arquivo)

Beshears era um colega republicano do Legislativo que se juntou ao Gaetz para apoiar a legislação. Pirozzolo, um médico de mão e piloto de Orlando, estava lá servindo como o médico do dia para os legisladores - uma função que ele freqüentemente assumia voando em seu próprio avião para Tallahassee.

Depois que a legislação foi aprovada, criou novas oportunidades lucrativas para a família de Beshears e Pirozzolo.

O antigo viveiro de propriedade da família de Beshears foi premiado com uma das cinco licenças altamente cobiçadas para cultivar e dispensar maconha medicinal.

A legislação foi escrita para especificar - e restringir - quem poderia ganhar tal licença. Uma emenda adicionada por outro legislador na Câmara estadual limitou o grupo de candidatos a viveiros que estavam em operação contínua por 30 anos e tinham um estoque de 400.000 ou mais plantas.

O viveiro da família Beshears, junto com outros dois produtores, atendeu a esse padrão.

O Tampa Bay Times relatou em 2014 que Beshears não apresentou um relatório de conflito de interesses quando votou o projeto de lei, e o legislador que patrocinou a emenda queria "errar ao lado de limitar quem poderia se qualificar agora" ao embarcar em tal uma nova indústria. Mais licenças foram concedidas desde então, mas a indústria ainda é rigidamente controlada.

Outra emenda adicionada à legislação de 2014 no dia em que Pirozzolo assistiu na Câmara estadual exigia que os candidatos a dispensários contratassem um médico como diretor médico.

Oito dias depois, Pirozzolo abriu uma empresa de consultoria conectando negócios de maconha com diretores médicos, relatou o Orlando Sentinel. Mais tarde, ele co-fundou um grupo chamado American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, que defende os médicos que recomendam a cannabis medicinal.

Gaetz falou pelo menos duas vezes nas conferências anuais da associação, incluindo uma aparição com o confidente de longa data de Trump, Roger Stone, de acordo com as postagens do grupo nas redes sociais e as lembranças de um membro.

Com recomendações de Gaetz e Beshears em 2018, Pirozzolo foi nomeado pelo atual governador, o republicano Ron DeSantis, para atuar no conselho que administra o Aeroporto Internacional de Orlando. Em 2019, ele ficou ao lado de DeSantis em uma pista de aeroporto e cumprimentou Trump quando ele chegou a Orlando para dar início à sua campanha de reeleição, de acordo com um vídeo postado online por um repórter do Sentinel.

Dois anos depois da primeira lei de maconha medicinal de Gaetz, ele patrocinou outra medida no Legislativo para expandi-la, permitindo que pacientes próximos à morte usassem maconha não-fumante em todos os níveis e doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


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When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


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When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

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When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

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When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

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When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com.

When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature.

The Republican congressman, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo and Halsey Beshears were united in their enjoyment of politics, fancy travel and the company of beautiful women. They also had another mutual interest: Florida’s $1.2 billion medical marijuana industry.

The Bahamas trip is a central element of a federal investigation surrounding Gaetz that has suddenly endangered his political career. What began as an inquiry into sex trafficking and whether Gaetz paid women and an underage girl in exchange for sex has grown into a larger review of public corruption, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether Pirozzolo and others sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The investigation includes legislation from 2018, when Gaetz was in Congress, and earlier work in the Legislature, according to one of the people.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd during a President Donald Trump campaign rally at the Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Pressure on the congressman could build in the coming weeks as Joel Greenberg, a Gaetz associate who has been accused of trafficking a minor for sex, faces a May 15 deadline to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. If he does, Greenberg may be pressed to cooperate with federal investigators and deliver damaging information against Gaetz.

None of the people on the trip to the Bahamas has been charged with a crime. Gaetz has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has retained high-powered lawyers. The congressman and his representative did not respond to a message seeking comment for this story.

Beshears and a lawyer for Pirozzolo declined to comment for this story.

The Associated Press spoke with more than 10 people familiar with the dynamic among Gaetz, Pirozzolo and Beshears. Three of the people had knowledge of the investigation. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation.

Gaetz's interest in medical marijuana dates back nearly a decade, when he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Well before he would gain national attention for his steadfast support of Donald Trump, Gaetz would carve out an unusual reputation in Tallahassee as a Republican who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws.

In February 2014, Gaetz co-sponsored the first state effort to allow marijuana for medical use. His proposal allowing the use of a nonhallucinogenic marijuana extract was limited to patients with cancer or a severe form of epilepsy and slowly earned the support of his father, Don Gaetz, who was then serving as president of the Florida Senate and said he was "being pummeled" by his son about supporting it.

Gaetz cast his proposal as a pared-down alternative to a statewide ballot measure that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. Gaetz's law was approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott in June 2014, while the statewide measure narrowly failed at the ballot box that November.

The day Gaetz's measure was up for a final debate and vote in the Florida House, both Pirozzolo and Beshears were on the floor.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, answers questions about the medical marijuana bill during session in Tallahassee, Fla. Before Gaetz rose to national prominence as an ardent backer of Donald Trump, he carved out an unusual reputation in Florida: a Republican lawmaker who wanted to liberalize marijuana laws. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Beshears was a fellow Republican member of the Legislature who joined Gaetz to support the legislation. Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and pilot, was there serving as the physician of the day for the lawmakers — a role he would frequently take on by flying his own plane to Tallahassee.

Once the legislation passed, it created lucrative new opportunities for Beshears' family and Pirozzolo.

The long-standing nursery owned by Beshears' family was awarded one of five highly coveted licenses to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana.

The legislation was written to specify — and restrict — who could win such a license. An amendment added by another lawmaker in the state House limited the pool of applicants to nurseries that had been in continuous business for 30 years and had an inventory of 400,000 or more plants.

The Beshears family nursery, joining with two other growers, met that standard.

The Tampa Bay Times reported in 2014 that Beshears had failed to file a conflict of interest report when he voted on the bill, and the lawmaker who sponsored the amendment wanted to "err on the side of limiting who could qualify now" when embarking on such a new industry. More licenses have since been awarded, but the industry is still tightly controlled.

Another amendment added to the 2014 legislation the day Pirozzolo watched in the state House required dispensary applicants to employ a doctor as a medical director.

Eight days later, Pirozzolo started a consulting firm connecting marijuana businesses with medical directors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He later co-founded a group called the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, which advocates for doctors who recommend medical cannabis.

Gaetz has spoken at least twice at the association’s annual conferences, including an appearance with longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, according to the group’s social media posts and the recollections of a member.

With recommendations from Gaetz and Beshears in 2018, Pirozzolo was appointed by the current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, to serve on a board that runs Orlando International Airport. In 2019, he stood next to DeSantis on an airport tarmac and greeted Trump as he arrived in Orlando to kick off his reelection campaign, according to video posted online by a Sentinel reporter.

Two years after Gaetz's first medical marijuana law, he sponsored another measure in the Legislature to expand on it, allowing near-death patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses.

The day it came up for a vote in the state House, Beshears voted for it, and Pirozzolo witnessed it, again serving as the doctor of the day.

By the time Gaetz was in Congress in 2018, he introduced legislation that would increase the number of entities that would conduct cannabis research. The legislation included provisions similar to what Pirozzolo's group was pushing to also expand research.


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