Sespe Creek Collective has been recognized in the media many times; since 2011 our leadership and staff have been on the front lines advocating for safe access and pushing for fair regulation. From raid to revival, these news stories effectively serve as a chronicle of the history of cannabis legalization in Ventura County. Below are some highlights of our media mentions.
Cannabis & Ojai with Chelsea Sutula
Dec 15, 2020 – This episode Chelsea Sutula with Sespe Creek Collective brings us up-to-date on the recent developments with marijuana retailing in Ojai, the onerous new 3 percent tax, pandemic adjustments, the existential dread and how cannabis might just be the medicine we need to get us through this dreadful year.
From Delivery to Dispensary: The Story of Sespe Creek Collective
Oct 22, 2020 – “I started visualizing what a dispensary could be for a community, beyond just a brick-and-mortar place where products are displayed for sale. Before cannabis, I was steeped in design, so that really influenced my motivation. I wanted to design a better dispensary.”
Pot Lifers: The Ultimate Run-on Sentence
Summer 2020 – The day after Chelsea Sutula’s cannabis business was raided in November 2016, she experienced a moment of magic. Mutula friend Ellen Komp, of CA NORML, introduced her to Deedee Kirkwood, aka The Pot Fairy…
Sespe Creek Collective Saves Its Compassionate Care Members Nearly $15k
May 15, 2020 – “We’re an essential business for a reason,” noted Chelsea Sutula, Sespe Creek Collective CEO. “With Covid-19, not only are our Compassionate Care patients more vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions, they’re now facing added financial hardship. We’re grateful and humbled that we can give qualifying patients access to affordable or free medicine through this program.”
Meet Chelsea Sutula of Sespe Creek Collective in Ojai
Jan 8, 2020 – “…It was eye-opening to see the inside of the criminal justice system in our country. As soon as you are arrested you are treated as if you are guilty in jail. I had never been arrested before so it was pretty traumatic to open your office door to a fully armed SWAT team…”
Episode 40 Chelsea Sutula with Sespe Creek Collective
Dec 7, 2019
Congresswoman Tours Marijuana Dispensary In California
Nov 8, 2019 – “Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Ventura County’s first licensed cannabis dispensary, Sespe Creek Collective, in Ojai. Not only is Sespe female-owned and operated, but this small business is working to change the stigma and misinformation around cannabis use.”
Pot Lifer Museum
April 25, 2019 – While Californians have enjoyed many freedoms since cannabis was legalized for adult use, in other parts of the country, people are still serving life sentences for cannabis-related crimes…
District attorney office drops charges against Sespe Creek’s Sutula
Jun 1, 2018 – Nineteen months after Chelsea Sutula’s Sespe Creek Collective and Ventura home were raided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) and Oxnard Police Department, all charges against her were dropped in Ventura County Superior Court.
420 Warrior Of The Month: Chelsea Sutula
May 30, 2018 – … During the raid police took many of her personal possessions and trampled on her hard work and dreams. She did not shed tears, or crumble under the pressure. Instead, she rolled her sleeves up and kept moving forward…
First medical marijuana shop opens in Ventura County
Air date Nov 7, 2017
Sespe Creek Collective Becomes First Licensed Cannabis Dispensary to Open in Ventura County
Nov 2, 2017 – “This is the culmination of many years’ worth of community education and advocacy work, lobbying our elected officials, and participating in study groups to help get commonsense legislation passed”
Ojai OKs delivery, pickup of medical marijuana
Nov 17, 2016 – Ojai will become the first city in the county to license the delivery and pickup of medical marijuana. “We feel it’s a moral obligation to support people getting their medical preparations,” Councilman Bill Weirick said after the meeting. “In light of events recently, a lot of people have been deprived of their medicines and had their health compromised as a result.”
Cannabis Policy “Disjointed” and Ruthless
Nov 5, 2016 – Some think Sutula may have been targeted for her support of Proposition 64, the measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana that will appear on the November 8 ballot in California. Local law enforcement officials oppose the measure, although one of them told her he expected some communities in the region would see the wisdom of licensing cannabis businesses in the wake of the vote. That the raid happened five days before the election may represent a last-ditch “smash and grab” by the cops before licensing finally happens in California.
Ventura medical pot delivery business busted, CEO arrested as Prop 64 passes
Nov 28, 2016 – Days before California voters legalized marijuana, one of the Ventura County’s largest medical marijuana providers was raided. Its CEO, Chelsea Sutula, was arrested and now awaits trial. Sutula had been running the Sespe Creek Collective, a medial marijuana delivery service that’s been operating for six years.
Episode #131 – Chelsea Sutula, Sespe Creek Collective
July 14, 2016 – Chelsea Sutula runs the Sespe Creek Collective out of Southern California. As it’s California, delivery is a thing, which Chelsea discusses. But she also discusses the vast difference between Southern California and Northern California…or any other active cannabis economy for that matter. Chelsea and SoCal are making their way out of the shadows through the new MMRSA regulations and slowly but surely into the sun grown light.
THE BLEAK FUTURE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN VENTURA COUNTY
Mar 10, 2016 – “Legitimate delivery services are eager to work with the city and county officials and law enforcement in order to operate safely. A drug dealers main objective is to avoid any traceability or transparency to his dealings; they aren’t showing up to City Council meetings asking for more regulation,” said Chelsea Sutula, industry committee chair with the Ventura County Cannabis Alliance (VCCA)