The second cannabis dispensary to open in downtown Hanford this year celebrated with a ribbon cutting and visits from local officials and the community.

DELI by Caliva officially opened its doors to the public on Aug. 1, but marked the grand opening late Friday morning. Their guests included representatives from the offices of Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) and State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), as well as the Hanford Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Hanford, and Hanford Mayor Francisco Ramirez.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting, Ramirez acknowledged that the store would create new jobs in downtown Hanford, and shared his own change in attitude towards cannabis.

“I’ll be honest with you, I was anti-cannabis at one point in time in my life,” Ramirez said. “But one thing that I learned … the No. 1 reason that I supported it is because I heard people who were cancer patients say: ‘We need medicine. We have to go all the way to Fresno, Visalia,’ now we have a center where seniors and adults can get their medicine and not be having to travel a lot.”

The dispensary is the second in three months to open in Hanford, with HerbNJoy opening in May just down the street.

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