New medical marijuana shop could open soon in Belmont Shore

New medical marijuana shop could open soon in Belmont Shore

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A new medical marijuana store may be opening soon in Belmont Shore. (File photo.) There won’t be a flashy neon-green “+” sign outside of Connected, a planned medical marijuana collective set to open up shop in Belmont Shore. Instead, businessman and Long Beach native Elliot Lewis said his vision for the 2,000-square-foot pot shop is that it will serve as a no-expense-spared modern flagship store that the entire community can appreciate. Lewis said the business will break ground within two weeks, and – if all goes according to plan – he expects to open in 90 days. The city’s medical marijuana business licensing process involves more red tape than other business types, he said. Lewis’s group is among those operators who had a dispensary license when Long Beach last allowed medical marijuana sales, giving him priority in the process and virtual certainty he will get a license if he meets all conditions. His shop Connected is expected to fill a vacancy on Corona Avenue and Second Street, the former site of a U.S. Postal Service office. “We are moving along, and I think the city is learning at the same time as we are,” he said of the permitting process. “The city has been cooperative and responsive.” A husband and father of four, Lewis, 39, is working with friend and business partner Bill Williamson on the project, and he said they are in the final stages of inking a deal with an existing medical marijuana operator who would provide the products and expertise for patients. All customers at Connected will need a prescription from a doctor. He expects the shop will sell oils, edibles and a wide variety of products. It will not sell recreational marijuana; even though the state’s voters approved it, the city of Long Beach only […]

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