The competition for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana business was fierce, with hundreds of companies applying for only a dozen grower licenses.
Action News Investigates has learned the state is just now doing background checks on these companies — even though they’ve already been licensed.
Action News Investigates also found the CEO of one of those winning companies has a criminal history.
Sterling Crockett won praise from elected officials last month when Agrimed Industries broke ground on its marijuana grow facility in Greene County.
Out of 177 companies that applied for a grower’s license, the state gave Agrimed the top score.
But the state may not have been aware of something in Crockett’s past.
Records show Crockett was CEO of Precision Abatement, a New York corporation, in the early 1990s.
According to an indictment, that company won multiple government contracts as an approved minority contractor. But the indictment said the company was a fraud.
In 1998, Crockett pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of offering a false instrument.
He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, meaning he had to