LOMPOC, Calif. - Cannabis advocates in the area are hoping Lompoc will become a top travelers' destination when marijuana businesses open in town.
“It's going to bring people from other communities that are not only gonna come here to buy cannabis," said Lompoc local Joe. A. Garcia. "But they're going to come here, they're gonna eat here, they're gonna shop here, they're going to maybe even stay here.”
For that to happen, Garcia says businesses in the industry need one united voice. So he's forming the Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association.
“It's going to focus on the interests of cannabis owners and the experiences that they have and promote their issues and their concerns," Garcia said.
The group is meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m at Lompoc's public library.
Garcia invites people thinking about opening up a marijuana business in Lompoc, and others that could benefit from the industry too.
"People that are in some type of auxiliary business -smoke shops, security businesses, contractors, roofers, plumbers, electricians, the works,” Garcia explained.
There are currently no legal cannabis businesses operating in town. But city officials say six applications have been received as of last week.
However, it could take months before they're approved. “It's a lengthy process," said Lompoc city councilman Jim Mosby. "The applications are probably 100 to 150 pages. It's averaging about $15,000 an application right now.”
Once they're approved, though, the city's job market could increase.
“I did talk to a gentleman today whose business he's bringing in could have the potential of 100 jobs," said Mosby. "And last week I actually talked to another gentleman and his peak should be upwards of 300 jobs."
Those interested in attending Monday's meeting at 7:30 p.m are encouraged to park in the back of the Lompoc public library.