Nevada officials have begun to crack down on marijuana businesses amid allegations of possible corruption and lax regulation in the state’s young but lucrative industry.

This week, members of a new task force have conducted unannounced spot inspections at several of the state’s licensed marijuana testing laboratories. Those inspections follow allegations of marijuana testing manipulation and concerns over how cannabis products with unsafe levels of mold, yeast and other microbials were able to pass inspection and make it to the retail market in recent months.

And with federal charges levied last week accusing foreign nationals of trying to buy political influence to enter Nevada’s marijuana industry, the state’s Department of Taxation also announced Thursday that it was indefinitely freezing the sale and transfer of marijuana business licenses based on recommendations from the task force.

“Based on the recommendation, the department will not process any existing or new applications for these regulatory activities while this extended review is in place with…

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