Both the med pot shops at 4827 A Voltaire and at 4852 Voltaire are totally gone, dude.
The first one to open was the storefront at 4852. Bill Tsiamis, the property owner, told me he did not know what was going on in the storefront that he owns. Supposedly, he had rented the space to someone who was to run some machinery. He came in one day, and it smelled he said. He was notified by mail from the City that the storefront had to go. They went about 2 weeks ago.
Bill was on site helping his worker restoring the store when I came by – fixing it back up for an open, retail establishment. They were replacing a cut-out in the wall, seemingly part of an over-the-counter transaction place the pot shop folks had installed. Now, Bill told me, a lotion and beauty supply store was coming in. They’ve signed a 3-year lease with him, he told me. It will help stabilize the area, he said.
The second medical herb dispensary to open was in the small building owned by Gregg Sullivan at the 4827 A site. That space was also totally closed up and empty. Sullivan was not available but we had heard that there supposedly had been a complaint that the dispensary that operated on his property was out of compliance with the new City rules, and Sullivan was threatened with a $2500 fine per day. Obviously he had to force out his tenants. The two young women who worked there are presumably out of a job now.
Sullivan has owned the property since 2002, and he had attempted to combine art and surfboards with his own shop, but had to close recently. The storefront was also the home of the Green Store for many years, where they paid a super reasonable rent from Sullivan.
We’re not certain, but it’s possible that under the new city rules, OB cannot harbor one medical herb dispensary. Pretty strange for the hippietown of San Diego.