Costa Mesa’s first legal pot shop opens, more than 2 years after passage of Measure Q – Los Angeles Times

Budtenders Tyler Cormack, right, and Bryce Greer help a customer Wednesday at the newly opened 420 Central Newport Mesa on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Operating from a 2,446-square-foot storefront at 1990 Harbor Blvd., 420 Central Newport Mesa offers prepackaged cannabis and cannabis products, from edible goods and tinctures to transdermal patches and concentrates.

Owner Robert Taft Jr. said he and his business partners have been in a mad dash since the city’s Planning Commission approved a use permit in June to get the place up and running before any of the other 10 or more approved dispensaries had opened their doors.

While other proprietors waited for permits to be granted, Taft bought a building and built it out according to state specifications, making tenant improvements during the application’s review period.

Robert Taft Jr stands outside 420 Central Newport Mesa dispensary. He and business partners bought the building and built it out ahead of the permit process to expedite its opening, Taft said Wednesday. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

“We wanted to be first,” the Costa Mesa resident said Wednesday during a visit to the store. “With our belief and faith

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