Sespe Creek Collective Becomes First Licensed Cannabis Dispensary to Open in Ventura County

Nearly a year after Ojai became the first city in Ventura County to approve an emergency ordinance for regulating medical cannabis dispensaries and delivery services, one of the county’s oldest and biggest collectives is reopening its doors to patients on November 2.

Sespe Creek Collective was awarded an initial permit to dispense medical cannabis by the city of Ojai in early July; the final certificate of occupancy was issued by the city on October 27. “This is the culmination of many years’ worth of community education and advocacy work, lobbying our elected officials, and participating in study groups to help get commonsense legislation passed” said Chelsea Sutula, President of Sespe Creek Collective since 2013. “We’re so thrilled to be invited to open in Ojai. City leaders here are unique in their willingness to govern past the fear and recognize that medical cannabis is a nontoxic lifesaver for many people. The cannabis plant is here to heal us. We are all fortunate that Ojai sees the bigger picture.”

Through its appointment-based dispensary and delivery service, the collective will offer a wide variety of medical cannabis products for sale to qualified patients, from capsules and tinctures to flowers, edibles, concentrates, transdermal patches, suppositories and pet products. Patients needing extra guidance on dosing for their medical condition will be referred to cannabis nurse consultants that can offer advice by phone, online or in the dispensary’s private patient consultation room.

Products will be independently lab-tested and sourced throughout the state since they must come from licensed facilities. “Ventura County doesn’t have any permitted cultivation or manufacturing facilities, so we must source everything elsewhere, which is unfortunate,” noted Sutula. “We are hoping Ventura will soon consider allowing commercial cultivation and manufacturing here. There is great potential for jobs in this exploding industry. We’d like to see the local economy benefit as much as possible.”

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