City of Carson residents will vote for a new mayor and council members this November. With a new voting system, district only, competition has grown against the incumbent Cedric Hicks. One opponent, who is a familiar face, has the backing of the cannabis industry who Hicks voted against in November 2017.
Brandi Murdock excitedly posted a photo of a billboard emblazoned with the words “Vote for a Strong Woman in Leadership Brandi Williams-Murdock for Carson City Council”. The billboard is paid for by South Cord Management LLC, a business management firm based in Irvine, CA, who notes the advertisement is “not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate”.
State records show the company is owned by Elliot Lewis, who is also the owner of EEL Holdings LLC and Cannabis Connected, who filed one of multiple lawsuits against the city of San Bernardino, early last year due to many companies inability to obtain cannabis licenses.
Ordinance 17-1637 was approved 3-1 on November 7, 2017, with Hicks casting the lone no vote and Councilwoman Lula Davis-Holmes cast no vote as she left the meeting early. That’s not a problem for Lewis because Davin-Holmes gets a billboard too!
Carson approved licensing door-to-door delivery operations and added restrictions on personal-use cultivation allowed by the state beginning Jan. 1, requiring random home inspections.
Council members stopped short of approving marijuana dispensaries, but agreed to allow four locations in the city for indoor commercial operations including growing and manufacturing of oils, waxes and edibles.
The cannabis industry recently came under fire due to a federal probe into Ghost Management LLC, who operates a website called Weedmaps. The probe covers tax filings, email communications and the transfer of anything of value to any local, state or federal official and/or candidate for local, state or federal office.
**Editors note: the operator has also erected a billboard for Councilman Jawane Hilton.