It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since California voters went to the polls to voice their support for legal, accessible cannabis.
The vote on Nov. 8, 2016 cleared the way for Sespe Creek’s opening one year later, as Ventura County’s first-ever permitted cannabis dispensary. We celebrated our two-year anniversary last week with a very special visitor: our Congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley! It was an honor to share our work with our representative in Congress, and we’re delighted to have an advocate in D.C.
We’ve made so much progress for our patients in the past three years, and it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come — and the work left to do.
November 8 is the anniversary of legalization in California — but here at Sespe, we always remember that anniversary in combination with another: the anniversary of the Nov. 3, 2016 raid of our dispensary, just days before voters approved cannabis legalization.
Though cannabis is legal and accessible in California, we’re all too aware that people across the country remain incarcerated due to cannabis offenses, just as our own CEO was wrongfully incarcerated three years ago.
Sespe is proud to work with The Pot Fairy, Mary’s Medicinals and Henry’s Original’s to fund the commissary accounts of still-incarcerated victims of the War on Drugs. Know that when you purchase Mary’s Medicinals or Henry’s Originals products from Sespe, you’re helping support victims of mass incarceration.
And we’re still making progress locally to better serve our clients: the City of Ventura recently approved a plan to allow for cannabis delivery — a major win for our Ventura patients. Check out our delivery page to learn more and schedule your order!
If the past three years have taught us anything, it’s that progress is possible, but only when we all participate! Cannabis remains federally illegal, but that can change. Take a moment today to check your voter registration ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020 elections. Rep. Brownley will be on the ballot, as will candidates for mayor and city councils across Ventura County.
Make no mistake: our local leaders, as well as our federal officials, will define the future of cannabis in this region, and across the country.