Anaheim City Council Push to Legalize Cannabis Businesses Could Make Mayor’s Son a Wealthy Man
Rohan Sidhu (left) stands next to his father, Harry Sidhu, the night he was sworn in as mayor of Anaheim in December 2018.
By DUANE ROBERTS
Editor & Publisher
It almost didn’t happen, but at the end of the April 21st meeting of the Anaheim City Council, just as Mayor Harry Sidhu was making his final closing remarks, Councilwoman Lucille Kring abruptly interrupted him.
“Mis… Mister Mayor, first of all, I forgot to do an agenda item,” Kring interjected.
“O.K., Councilmember Kring. Go ahead,” Sidhu replied, sounding a bit exasperated.
“Really, really, really, really fast,” said Kring.
Then she continued:
Colleagues and members of the public as you may recall a few months ago I asked the staff to work with me to prepare an ordinance for our consideration to legalize cannabis businesses in Anaheim consistent with state law and in the alternative to bring to us a resolution to place the question of cannabis businesses before the voters in November. The work on that project has been slowed down somewhat because of the Coronavirus, but we are back up and running. If I would ask staff to finish up that work on the ordinance and bring it back to us at the next council meeting May the 5th, the ordinance can be reviewed and discussed by the council, and we may choose to adopt it. We may also decide that it is better to let the voters weigh in on this issue. So if the ordinance is not adopted on May 5th, then I’d like it to be ready to bring back on May 12th to put it on the November ballot. Either way, we’ll also need to place a ballot of a local cannabis tax measure so we can do that at a later date….
“I’m asking for a second and a third on my cannabis ordinance, ” Kring stated.
Councilman Jordan Brandman seconded her motion.
“I will do the third, not a problem Councilwoman. I will do the third. So it is agendized,” replied Sidhu.
Up until this moment, nobody has really known exactly what Mayor Sidhu’s opinions have been on the issue of cannabis. But for quite some time now, The Anaheim Investigator has been well aware of what Rohan Sidhu, his 23-year old son, thinks about it. In fact, if the City of Anaheim decides to legalize cannabis businesses, he is well-positioned to get rich from it.
The Mayor’s Son is a ‘Pot Entrepreneur’
Evidence The Investigator has uncovered shows that Mayor Sidhu’s son is a “pot entrepreneur.” Not only does Rohan run a firm that offers “design and operational consulting for the legal cannabis industry,” helping secure licenses for cannabis businesses across the state, but he boasts that he helped set up “OC’s largest Type 6 cannabis oil Extraction and Distillation facility” in 2018.
According to a document Rohan filed with the California Secretary of State on August 6, 2018, he states he is “Chief Executive Officer” of an entity called RSSC LLC, a limited liability company. He describes the type of “business or services” being offered as “Engineering Consulting.” The listed address, however, appears to be a private mail box located at a U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Angeles.
But the information posted on Rohan’s LinkedIn page is more revealing. He states that RSSC LLC was founded in January 2018–not August 2018–as was suggested in the document he filed with the Secretary of State. But to his credit, he goes into detail about what kind of “work” his firm really does: it helps cannabis businesses get their licenses and permits to operate legally.
Below is a reproduction of what Rohan typed:
Design and Operational consulting for the legal Cannabis industry.
RSSC LLC * Full-time
Jan 2018 – Present * 2 yrs 4 mos
Orange County, California Area
With our team of engineers, architects, attorneys, policy consultants, and designers we can make your cannabis industry dreams come true.
Our team is responsible for securing over 25 MCSB/BCC state issued cannabis licenses, across the state of California.
We can help guide you through State and City licensing processes and procedures for the Cannabis Industry.
We have over 15 client facilities currently operating compliantly, through the state.
We have expertise in Type 6, Type 7, Type N Cultivation Facilities, Distribution/Transportation, Retail, and Testing Lab design/management/compliance.
Consider us your allies through the states venture into legalization, and legislation. We can help interpret CA’s new laws, so you can operate your facilities without worry.
But that’s not all.
Between January and May 2018, Rohan also mentions he was “Co-Founder” of yet another entity called SW Ventures LLC.
Here is what he wrote:
Co-Founder – CTOConception and design of OC’s largest Type 6 cannabis oil Extraction and Distillation facility. Developed a successful CUP application, with supplementary documents, for Costa Mesa City, approved by Planning Commission and City Council with 0 comments/concerns.
SW Ventures LLC * Full-time
Jan 2018 – May 2018 * 5 mos
Indeed, documents from the Costa Mesa Planning Commission, including one report dated October 15, 2018, make it clear that SW Ventures LLC was seeking:
a Conditional Use Permit for a marijuana manufacturing and distribution facility (SW Ventures, LLC) within a 7,178-square-foot tenant space of an existing industrial building. The proposed facility will include ethanol cannabis extraction, distillation, packaging and formulation and distribution of the final product in vaping pens, tablets/capsules, and edibles. Rooms include extraction and distillation, storage and packaging, and ancillary offices. Vehicles used for the distribution of cannabis products will be pulled into a secured area inside the building. The facility will have security systems (card readers, security cameras, etc.) throughout the facility. No cultivation of marijuana, or marijuana dispensary, is permitted.
With respect to Rohan’s ties to this firm, The Investigator couldn’t find his name on any incorporation documents that were submitted to the Secretary of State. However, a Form 460 that was filed with the City of Costa Mesa shows he gave a $249 to the “Figueredo-Wilson for City Council 2018” candidates committee on September 15, 2018. He listed SW Ventures LLC as being his “employer.”
Mayor’s Son Could Become a Wealthy Man
If the city decides to legalize cannabis businesses, Rohan could become a wealthy man. For one thing, “pot entrepreneurs” would flock here to set up operations. They would need a consultant like RSSC LLC to help them navigate the complex legal environment. MedicalJane.com reports firms like his “have been known to charge over $100,000” for their services, even take ownership stakes in cannabis businesses.
Given Anaheim’s historically low electricity rates, easy access to freeways, and large market of consumers–which also includes millions of tourists–it is not inconceivable it could become the “weed capital” of Orange County. Regardless, Mayor Sidhu’s son is well-positioned to get rich from it. And any vote his father makes in favor of legalization of cannabis businesses is a vote to make that possible.
Dear Anaheim Investigator,
Myself and my family have lived, worked, and been a business stakeholders in Anaheim since 1949. I cannot imagine a WORSE decision that could be made by our elected officials than making Anaheim a legal venue for DRUGS!!!
I do not care what argument you can make for “the revenue we will gain” from selling DRUGS in our city…nothing will convince me that it is a good idea to make DRUGS more available to our youth and other members of our citizenry.
I graduated from high school in 1969 and I have seen the impacts that smoking DOPE (Cannabis) has had on the lives of my classmates of fifty years past. The drug users’ lives never had traction because they were stoned all the time. Nothing has changed.
The people I know that use DRUGS for entertainment these days are LOSERS. Why would we want to breed more losers and create more crime in Anaheim? Why would we want to waste staff time studying this?
I am praying that our staff and elected officials will deeply study this matter and check-in with other cities that have made DRUGS legal. They will discover that there are no positive benefits to this.
If it is money we are looking for in this city then let’s get it from the millions of tourists that come here and deplete our city’s resources. We can raise $25,000,000 per year by a simple $1.00 per head RESORT USER FEE imposed on tourists as they check out of hotels in Anaheim. They do it in Las Vegas. We should do that here.
NO DOPE IN ANAHEIM!