As mayor, Kerr was a strong proponent of opening the city to legal marijuana operations. He voted to allow marijuana cultivation in the city, medical marijuana dispensaries to operate, and an array of other commercial marijuana activities, according to the indictment. His support, prosecutors allege, stemmed at least in part from his desire to enrich himself.
According to an indictment issued by a grand jury this week, Kerr exploited his role as mayor to vote to approve city ordinances that helped the people paying him and served on Adelanto’s Cannabis Dispensary Permit Committee, which determined the number of permits that would be issued and which applicants would receive them.
Prosecutors did not name the people who were allegedly bribing and scheming with Kerr. One of them is a lawyer who was identified in the indictment as “Person A.” Two others, “Person C and “Person D,” had stakes in businesses in the city, including those involving marijuana cultivation, prosecutors said.
At a meeting in November 2016, the Adelanto City Council discussed a proposed ordinance that would help determine where medical marijuana dispensaries would be located. The initial proposal called for two zones would have excluded a former restaurant purchased two months earlier