If you’ve ever been to the Lompoc Valley to watch a launch from neighboring Vandenberg Space Force Base, you’d be among thousands of spectators who show up to witness a rocket blast off high into the sky.
Now, people [and you don’t have to be a billionaire] also will have the opportunity to visit Lompoc and — figuratively at least — reach great heights with the permitted consumption of cannabis in the only licensed lounge on the California coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On June 21, I was invited by Todd Mitchell, co-owner of Seaweed Dispensary and Lounge, to take the historic first toke inside the new lounge as the shop was officially declared open.
Seaweed Dispensary and Lounge in July 2018 was awarded Lompoc’s first commercial cannabis license and became the sixth dispensary to open for business in December 2019.
Although a variety of delays and setbacks — including the COVID-19 pandemic — pushed out the lounge’s opening, the business was ultimately issued the city’s first commercial cannabis license and opened its lounge doors on June 21. The event marked another significant milestone in the era of legalization for the city, representing a deep contrast to its founding days.
Post-purchase, patrons are permitted to consume cannabis products