As California’s legal marijuana industry booms, property owners and entrepreneurs are seizing the chance to transform spaces across the state into cannabis grow sites, processing facilities and dispensaries.
Marijuana grow sites are taking over vacant warehouses — or in some cases displacing tenants — in cities such as Long Beach and Oakland. Cannabis businesses are also being built from the ground up in more remote areas, such as Adelanto and Desert Hot Springs. And they’re taking over struggling sites, from record stores to boat builders.
Here are 10 surprising spaces in California that are being converted to cannabis businesses.
A prison: Damian Marley and San Fernando Valley-based Ocean Grown Extracts in 2016 bought a vacant prison in Coalinga to grow cannabis and house its oil extraction plant. The city made $4.1 million off the sale of Claremont Custody Center, erasing its debt and bringing in 100 news jobs.