Lou Freedman is the owner of Bocca Restaurant in Margate. He wants to open a ‘cannabis cafe’ in Atlantic City, just a few blocks from Stockton University.
Unfortunately for Freedman, his choice of partners could be a deal breaker for his proposed marijuana marketplace.
Freedman, of Margate, owns a quarter of the business. He is partnered with Holly Pugh of Absecon, Rashon White of EHT, and Jason Lentz of Atlantic City.
Holly Pugh is the wife of Brian Pugh, who was just sentenced to 37 months in prison for his role in a health care scheme that defrauded state and local health care programs and other insurers of more than $50 million.
BreakingAC.com : The scope and sweep of the medical fraud scam Brian Pugh was part of would seem to warrant an intense and public review of his wife’s pot license application. Info is shielded from public scrutiny under the state’s cannabis law, which is exempt from New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act.
Freedman and Legal Distribution LLC want to open a micro dispensary at 3112-3114 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City. Just steps from Stockton University.
Brian Pugh is a former co-owner of Atlantic City’s Tony’s Baltimore Grill.
According to CRDA’s Lance Landgraf, restauranteur Lou Freedman already had approval for a restaurant on the first floor.
Are cannabis applicants properly vetted? CRDA already gave the green light.
New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission
The wife of an admitted recruiter in a massive medical insurance fraud scheme is a partner in an application for a licensed pot dispensary in Atlantic City.
Lance Landgraf is the director of planning and development for the CRDA, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Landgraf is also a Ventnor City Commissioner.