Lindsay OKs Valley Pure as city’s first dispensary

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Lindsay City Council votes unanimously to issue regulatory permit to Valley Pure, the city’s first dispensary
By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN
LINDSAY – Less than three years ago the Lindsay City Council said they were fine with parts of the cannabis industry rolling into town but they didn’t want to see it, smell it or even know it was there. Well, that didn’t last long.
At their Aug. 27 city council meeting all five members of the council voted to issue Valley Pure a commercial cannabis retail dispensary regulation permit. 
“When you meet with these gentlemen…I feel like there is a relationship there. You feel like they want to be here in the community while also helping their business,” councilwoman Rosaena Sanchez said.
District manager for Valley Pure, Wes Hardin says the plans to break ground on their new location are too early to tell when they will start making sales. However, he did note that they will be in the Sierra Vista Plaza in Lindsay downtown. Hardin did not reveal which office they would be in as of yet. Although, they are excited to get started. 
“We are working diligently to open up a soon as possible,” Hardin said.
Valley Pure is already poised to open their second location in Tulare County in Farmersville off Highway 198. Hardin says they plan to open sometime in the coming few months, but he was not able to provide a specific date. 
Working with both the City of Woodlake and the City of Farmersville was helpful in navigating the process. Valley Pure opened their first Tulare County location in 2018 after an extensive, albeit more expedient process, in Woodlake. 
“Our track record with Woodlake has been a huge plus working with these other cities,” Hardin said. “Both towns have been really easy to work with, and they have been beneficial partners to work with…we are excited to bring more jobs to the valley and revenue to the Valley.”
Partnership is a good word to describe the relationship between Valley Pure and Woodlake. For the better part of a year the Woodlake had vetted potential cannabis businesses before issuing licenses. Unlike other businesses Valley Pure had to submit to an added level of criteria that included a detailed business plan, security plan and background checks on each employee. As well they had to sit down with a panel that included city administrator Ramon Lara, community development director Jason Waters, police chief Mike Marquez, fire district chief Anthony Perez and a representative of the Tulare County Association of Governments. Their biggest concern was whether Valley Pure, or any other commercial cannabis business, would contribute to the community once they are established.
Lindsay eventually found the same level of integrity Woodlake and Farmersville had. 
“I don’t think we can discount the importance of a local relationship…in my business that is a big deal and all of our business relationships this is one of the closest relationships we can develop,” Lindsay councilman Brian Watson said.
Watson went on to note that it is a benefit to deal with a local business rather than a corporate one. He said having an office down the street on Honolulu gives the City the opportunity to square away any issues, and maintain their relationship when possible. 
Councilwoman Laura Cortez said the Council’s cannabis ad hoc committee voted unanimously to okay Valley Pure, and thanked those that were on the committee for spending their time to diligently review other cannabis dispensaries.
The Council ultimately voted to grant the permit on a unanimous 5-0 vote, which included mayor Pam Kimball who has historically stood in opposition to recreational cannabis in Lindsay.