With Clock Ticking Down To Legalization, Marijuana Becomes A Suburban Affair

By Geoffrey Mohan
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Pot entrepreneurs Lisa and Bob Selan hope to convert more than 45 acres of land into cannabis campuses, akin to movie studio lots, where pot entrepreneurs large and small can grow cannabis and convert it into medical products.

LANCASTER, Calif.

All that’s left of the onions at the Wheeler Farms shed here is the smell. The only crop around it is the field of discarded shopping bags flagged to the thorns of desert weeds.

For cannabis power couple Lisa and Bob Selan, though, this drive-by plot of high desert in suburban Antelope Valley could be a cornerstone of Los Angeles’ medical marijuana market, which is days from expanding to include any adult who wants to take off the edge.

The Selans, whose clients include the largest cannabis dispensary organization in Los Angeles, hope to convert more than 45 acres of land into cannabis campuses, akin to movie studio lots, where pot entrepreneurs large and small can grow cannabis and convert it into medical products.

If all of the couple’s plans work out, they could be offering more than a million square feet at the Lancaster onion plant, the surrounding land, and a second property they hope to purchase near Fox Field airport.

Already, legacy medical marijuana businesses looking to expand into the recreational, or adult-use, market have snapped up all of the 54,000 square feet in the onion plant’s refrigerated cold storage, amid worries that they won’t be able to keep up with supply pressure caused by the expanding market.

“They are coming in pretty much from all over, but primarily from Los Angeles,” Bob Selan said. “Very few people have enough space to even grow enough for their shop.”

Like housing, malls, auto dealerships and big-box stores, cannabis is fleeing the city and taking the first exit where land is cheap, rules are reasonable and markets are still within reach.

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