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Health department misspent nearly $1M from Medical Marijuana Program

•, By: Katie Campbell

The Auditor General's Office released that finding in a performance audit on Tuesday, including findings regarding the alleged misallocations and a variety of other areas of basic operation in which the Department of Health Services appears to have struggled. 

The department disagreed with the assertion that funds were misspent.

The auditor's finding was based on an analysis of 65 expenditures from the fund during Fiscal Year 2018 – that's less than 1 percent of the total expenditures made from the fund that year.

Of the 65 transactions that were reviewed, 30 totaling $962,000 were fully paid for out of monies from the Medical Marijuana Fund even though they were also used on other programs.

Similarly, the audit identified two employees whose salaries totaled about $131,000 that were paid for entirely by the fund though the employees also worked on other programs.

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