Fresno County very first recreational marijuana dispensary will open its doors Saturday morning. Have a Heart is located in downtown Coalinga. Its opening is a moment that the city’s mayor has especially been waiting for.
Sounds of drills and boxes being ripped open could be heard inside the dispensary Friday, as all the last minute touches are being put in. The dispensary is at 286 N. 5th St. and opens 10 a.m. Saturday.
“The employees have been getting trained the last two weeks. great employees,” Ed Mitchell, Have a Heart’s chief operating officer said. “The people in this area are awesome.”
Have a Heart is based in Washington state. Mitchell said Coalinga’s openness helped the company decide to apply and open up shop there.
“The space wasn’t hard to find. The police, the mayor, everyone has been really great to us. We thought, perfect location,” he said.
Their sales room displays sat empty, but soon smokable flowers, edibles, medicinal products, and other merchandise will be set up and ready to be sold.
Coalinga Mayor Nathan Vosburg said the drought really put the rural community in a hole. With Have a Heart in town, he’s really banking on the foot traffic it’ll bring.
“As the black market is being shut down, there’s less places to purchase legally. I think that will bring people to this location, which will ultimately benefit the entire town economically,” Vosburg said.
Despite it not being open yet, Vosburg said his city is already seeing benefits since opening the doors for marijuana businesses. Have a Heart, as well as other businesses ready to open soon, have already created dozens of jobs.
Also, the real estate deals made for future marijuana businesses.
“The city has already sold at least $7 million in property,” Vosburg said.
Next Green Wave, a cultivation and manufacturing business, is set to open next month. Vosburg said in total, there have been 26 marijuana businesses that have been vetted for Coalinga.
This is the Central Valley’s second recreational marijuana dispensary, after Valley Pure opened in Tulare County’s Woodlake in May.