WOODLAKE, California - If you stood in the lobby of Valley Pure on Friday for ten minutes, you'd easily see a dozen people come-and-go. Since opening Monday, the Woodlake recreational pot shop has been keeping busy.
Anyone can walk into the store's front lobby, but you need to be 21 or older with valid ID to go to the sales floor. Cell phones and other recording equipment is not allowed to be used on the sales floor. Like most cannabis-related businesses, Valley Pure is cash-only.
The business first aimed to open in February, but co-manager Wes Hardin said getting all the paperwork in order held them up a little bit.
"That part has been very orchestrated. It hasn't been easy, but it's been calculated," he said.
Their website shows the wide-range of cannabis products they sell -- from buds to non-edible products like lotion. They also deliver if it's legal in a nearby city.
George Sanders of Visalia spent $200 when he stopped in Friday. Woodlake gets 5-percent of every dollar earned, it's something Sanders is a big fan of.
"I want to help the city of Woodlake...contribute to their economy by buying [cannabis] here," Sanders said.
Other Woodlake businesses, like Woodlake Donuts, have also been waiting for Valley Pure to open. Knowing the dispensary's foot traffic means foot traffic for them, too.
Woodlake Donuts owner Leakhena Cha said her family has owned the business for years and is happy to see some revenue come right into the city.
There are still two other marijuana businesses to open in Woodlake -- Green Bean Pharm, another dispensary and Green State Farmer, a cultivation business. They're expected to open this summer.
Click here for Valley Pure's website. For delivery inquiries, you can call 559-967-6483.