Artist rendering of Hanford’s first pot dispensary. Caliva’s logo is a palm tree to represent coastal grown cannabis.
What a difference a new city council makes.
After years of decrying that marijuana is a schedule one drug along with heroin, Hanford City Council awarded its first permit for a recreational pot dispensary during its September 17 meeting. Minutes before, the council also changed the zoning of a few parcels from Downtown Mixed Use to Service Commercial, allowing the dispensary to locate at the former Serano Furniture store.
The vote was 4-1 in favor of granting Caliva a recreational pot dispensary permit. Representing the old guard and voting no was Council Member Art Brieno, who has always voiced his opposition to easy access to recreational pot.
Only one more storefront permit, and two delivery service permits, are available in Hanford and will be awarded later in the year.
After an initial Central Valley backlash to Proposition 64 to legalize pot in 2016, Visalia remains one of the few cities not to allow dispensaries. Hanford City Council voted to allow recreational pot dispensaries in April of this year.
Caliva plans on opening its doors during the first quarter of 2020 and will be the first adult-use pot dispensary in Kings County. Woodlake’s Valley Pure was the first to open in Tulare County and the company’s Farmersville dispensary right on Highway 198 will be the second.
Caliva bought the 7,370 square-foot former Serano Furniture store at 104 N. Douty. Because of a change in the General Plan, Serano Furniture was able to relocate to the Hanford Mall.
Rand Martin, spokesperson for Caliva, said that it plans on hiring 50 employees and will offer minimum wage, full benefits, stock options and education opportunities. The store will have retail and delivery of medicinal and