Founder of 420 College Beats the Local War on Drugs, Re-Open Cannabis Dispensary in Fresno

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The Local War on Drugs Loses Power Over Legalization as Local Small Businesses Finally Get Their Chance

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My story is an example of how the small local business owner can fight and win against the local War on Drugs and legal pressures applied by the big companies that are spreading their money around to control the local legal market for cannabis

George Boyadjian, founder and CEO of one of the oldest cannabis business training organizations and business consulting company, 420 College, has announced plans to reopen his retail cannabis business in the form of a new cannabis dispensary and delivery to be located in downtown and other areas of Fresno.

“My story is an example of how the small local business owner can fight and win against the local War on Drugs and legal pressures applied by the big companies that are spreading their money around to control the local legal market for cannabis," said Boyadjian about his experience. "In another month, we will celebrate the grand re-opening of what will be Fresno’s oldest and finest cannabis dispensary that fell victim to the local War on Drugs. Watch for our grand re-opening celebration and support victory for Fresno business owners over the Big Money interests.”

After a surprise law suit filed by the City of Fresno in October 2009 telling him and his friend William McPike, a well-known attorney specializing in cannabis law, to close down their respective cannabis dispensaries, Boyadjian and McPike challenged the order by filing a law suit against the city. They received their final court agreement in January 2010, stipulating that Boyadjian and McPike were prevented from operating their cannabis dispensaries within the City of Fresno as long as a legal ban existed. However, when the ban becomes void for any reason, they are no longer obligated to follow the order without any action or notice. So, now that the city of Fresno has finalized the cannabis ordinance, they no longer have any obligations to cease operations of their cannabis businesses. Boyadjian will re-opening his business as a full-service cannabis dispensary with delivery in Fresno by April and at his location in Chinatown by this May. McPike has not announced the location of his dispensary.

“In the period just before cannabis was formally regulated in Fresno, at least fourteen local entrepreneurs operated businesses that provided medical cannabis to patients. But the War on Drugs was alive and well in our city and all were forced to shut down.” continued Boyadjian.

"We didn’t get arrested, but this was just another form of the War on Drugs by our local government. Since the law has changed and the City of Fresno will be accepting applications for cannabis businesses later this summer, we are gladly re-opening without any applications. Our agreement stipulation with the city doesn’t require us to give them any notice. This is a wonderful day in history for Fresno, as the all the wrongs done by the local War on Drugs are now reversed and we look forward to providing tax dollars and much needed jobs to help our economy.”

McPike made this announcement at the city council meeting on October 24th of 2019, about the agreement they had with the City of Fresno, and that the contract with the city stated going back to business without any notice or action. In other words, he will not be standing in line or fight for something that he already has.

“We have waited patiently, and have been in line for 10 years. We were in every City Council meeting and urged every council member to reverse the ban”, added McPike. “Now that the ban has been lifted, I will gladly resume operations”, continued McPike.

Boyadjian and McPike have started their applications with the Bureau of Cannabis Control and are awaiting their state permits and will be in front of City Council March 5th, 2020 to formally make the announcement of their grand opening.


George Boyadjian – CEO & Owner of 420 College - Mr. Boyadjian is the sole owner and operator of 420 College located in Fresno, California with offices in Pasadena. Since 2009, he has provided hundreds of existing and future cannabis business owners and entrepreneurs with quality cannabis business training through seminars, courses, workshops, conferences and classes all over California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Washington D.C, and Ohio. Mr. Boyadjian expertly brings together a comprehensive team, including but not limited to attorneys, accountants, insurance providers, real estate agents, traceability software providers, cannabis testing labs, cannabis growers, bankers, dispensary operators and many other professionals that provide services for the burgeoning cannabis industry. Mr. Boyadjian has been involved with multiple cannabis businesses throughout the 11 years of business in California, Washington, and Oregon.

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