When a rural California town of about 11,000 gets its first dispensary, the community feeling is different from when yet another cannabis retail outlet opens in West Hollywood or Berkeley. Having long pressed their faces up against the window of legal weed, these consumers — patients particularly — are celebrating access and a newfound ability to extract themselves from illegal transactions.  Porterville Reporter

  • Pure Valley Cannabis had its grand opening in the Tulare County town of Lindsay last Friday. Said one older customer, I’ve been waiting for this store to open for two months. I use edibles because they are easier to take. And I don’t have to worry about smoking. It really helps me with my leukemia.”
  • The dispensary is expected to bring in $300,000 for Lindsay, a city whose poverty rate is nearly 40%. (Three times the state average.)