On Saturday, there was a grand opening of a dispensary in Hotbox Farms in Ontario and thousands of people were in attendance to witness the event as well as see Snoop Dogg’s live performance.
The dispensary, which is owned by Steven Meland, is the third one to open in Ontario, Oregon. In an interview with CBS 2, Meland who also owns hotbox farms on Huntington says that he has been planning to open the dispensary for a long time. He further states that Hotbox is a community-based business which caters for the needs of the community and that is why they voted for the dispensary to be located there.
The concert is a way of giving back to the community and introduce the dispensary, he added.
The entrance-free event required an immediate police response because of the celebrities attending and an influx of tourists to the city.
The Ontario police found out about the event when they met with Meland on Friday. They also found out that he had only applied for the permit for use of fireworks, food catering and beer garden. Meland was yet to file a permit for Special Events or noise variance. This left the police with less time to prepare to ensure the safety of the crowd and enough parking space.
The Ontario police Sergeant Dave Walters was concerned about the parking space, the means of getting in and out of the venue by the crowd, and how the medical specialists were to access the area in case of a medical emergency. He further states that if proper permits were filed and in good time, they would have had enough time to prepare for the event.
Walters said that if something happens, it will be impossible for the police to control a crowd of 5,000 people on a two-acre lot. In response to the sergeant of police, Meland says the event must happen, and it did.
The event coincided with the ban on flavored vaping products which was announced by Kate Brown, the Oregon governor.
Meland was happy that the governor did not issue a flat out ban on vapes because most the vape pens with issues are found on the illicit and unregulated market.
He is confident that his business will not be affected by the ban because his company only deals with vape pen brands that select strains. He knows the people from whom he is sourcing CBD products, and those given the permit to trade his products. That is why he is confident that their products will remain on the shelves when the definition of the products being banned is released.
Experts are of the view that the entire marijuana industry, including players like Wildflower Brands Inc. (CSE: SUN) (OTCQB: WLDFF) and Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF), is pleased that Meland opened his dispensary in such a grand way that involved the entire community.
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