Tulare approves commercial cannabis licenses for retailers Valley Pure and Token Farms
TULARE – Recreational marijuana is making its way into Tulare, as the Tulare City Council approved two new cannabis retailers to open up shop in town at the Aug. 17 council meeting.
Valley Pure and Token Farms dispensaries have both been cleared to open at the Tulare outlets. Council member Jose Sigala said Valley Pure had indicated they would be ready to be open and operational within a few months, while Token Farms is on a longer timeline.
Sigala, a supporter of recreational cannabis, said the city took its time to craft a good ordinance that allows for five recreational dispensaries in town. The cannabis market is still in its infancy in Tulare, as the city passed the ordinance April 7, 2020 allowing recreational cannabis businesses and established permitting processes and regulations.
“Part of the reasoning why the city council, a majority that voted for this, was the additional revenue that could come to the city,” Sigala said, “and the ability for the city to have a little more control over the process and provide some local oversight.”
Five applicants went through the three-phase process, including a background check, complete proposal packages and oral interviews. Valley Pure was the only applicant to receive a perfect 140 score for their business plan and development proposal, proof of capitalization, management team, proof of existing successful retail cannabis dispensary operations, summary of security practices and community benefits.
Token Farms was the runner up at 139 points, but was also awarded a commercial license from the city, after the city revoked a commercial license from former medical marijuana dispensary Tulare Alternative Healthcare. One former medicinal marijuana dispensary, Herb N’ Vibes, has been operating as a recreational dispensary since March, which brings the number of recreational cannabis retailers to three out of the five allowed in the ordinance.