The city of Chula Vista waited until April 20 to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s first legal cannabis dispensary.
“This is Chula Vista’s very first legal cannabis retail dispensary,” Grasshopper Dispensary’s CEO Andres Camberos said. “Long time in the works. Long time coming.”
Camberos was flanked by dignitaries — including Chula Vista MayorMary Casillas Salas — as they cut the ceremonial red ribbon in front of Grasshopper.
Salas cracked a joke about munchies but was serious about the troubles Chula Vista faced in the past few years with illegal pot shops.
“At one point, we had up to 20 illegal dispensaries open at one time,” Salas said. “You know, those illegal ones were such a blight on our community. They were just ugly things. We know they were letting in minors.”
The Chula Vista Police Department said they helped close 74 illegal pot shops in the last three years alone. Grasshopper is the first legitimate business to make it through the city’s intense permitting process.
“How hard was it?” Camberos said. “I mean, it was incredibly difficult.”
Camberos, who said it took two years to get to the grand opening, added that the dispensary would