Illinois State Senator’s Cannabis Company Under Investigation

An Illinois state senator is the subject of an investigation by state officials who are probing her role in a cannabis company she operates. The investigation into Sen. Patricia Van Pelt by the office of Secretary of State Jesse White was reported by television station WGN on Wednesday afternoon. Van Pelt, a Democrat, represents a district in Chicago’s South Side.

The investigation, which is being conducted by the securities division of the Secretary of State’s office, has apparently been going on for at least four months. Van Pelt said that she may also be the subject of an investigation by the legislative inspector general. It is not yet known how long either investigation will take.

Van Pelt hosts seminars where she promotes the economic opportunities in the regulated cannabis market and offers advice on investing in the industry. She also operates a business that sells CBD products through online sales and direct marketing.

“My enterprise is networking and home-based parties. We do home-based parties,” Van Pelt said.

 “We’re not trying to just sell CBD oil,” she said in an audio recording. “That’s our entry point.

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