Rene Ray De La Cruz Staff Writer @DP_ReneDeLaCruz
Members of the cannabis industry are worried about the ramifications that may come from the recent arrest of Adelanto Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright.
Wright was arrested Tuesday and faces charges for allegedly soliciting and accepted a bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for using his political power to assist and protect a supposed commercial cannabis transportation business.
The 41-year-old Wright is also accused of asking an FBI informant to burn down his Fat Boyz Grill in order to collect insurance money, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by the Daily Press.
Several cannabis-related business owners in Adelanto were asked about the incident surrounding Wright, but did not return multiple messages left by the Daily Press.
However, several industry leaders in the High Desert who are familiar with Wright and Adelanto’s growing marijuana footprint shared their thoughts and concerns about Wright’s arrest and the future of the industry in the city.
Rehab Delivery owner Kasha Herrington, who is working toward opening a cannabis delivery business in Hesperia, told the Daily Press she was “flabbergasted” when Wright “abruptly changed his attitude” about the business of cannabis in Adelanto.
“I met with Jermaine about two years ago when I was trying to move forward with my business,” Herrington said. “He told me he would never allow any cannabis retail in Adelanto, but only grows that would be outsourced for research and development.”
Herrington said she saw “red flags” when Wright’s attitude went from “anti-cannabis to rezoning for certain people” that were interested in opening “recreational cannabis” based businesses.
“This is a sad day for cannabis and the industry is going to get the raw end of the deal because of this,” Herrington said. “This situation has nothing to do with cannabis and everything to do with someone who saw green and