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Lake County Ranch Now Offers Cannabis Parties

By Oscar Pascual |

Lakeport’s Rancho De La Fuente is a quaint getaway that offers a safe haven for bed and breakfasts, wine tastings, and now medical marijuana.

After an 11-year-run operating as an event center and bed and breakfast, new owner Jason Jones plans to expand accommodations to medical cannabis patients, reports the Lake County Record-Bee.

Rancho De La Fuente’s medical marijuana center will be the first of its kind to be approved in Lake County, and hopes to prove just as unique. The space will have areas for patients to medicate as well as two outdoor cannabis gardens, and will also offer a farmer’s market and classes on growing and cooking with marijuana.

All of that will soon be included into the 42-acre ranch, which already hosts large events such as concerts and weddings, and includes a beer and wine tasting room, an in-ground pool, and bed and breakfast accommodations for up to six couples.

“You tell me another place like this in California,” said Frank Perez, current owner of the ranch, in an interview with the Record-Bee. “It’s not happening.”

Perez, a user of medical marijuana rubbing creams, had the ranch on the market for five years, but decided to sell to Jones based on their mutual advocacy for marijuana.

“Every party that we’ve had that’s been a cannabis party have been the best experiences I’ve had in 11 years,” Perez told the Record-Bee.

The center hopes to create a controlled and monitored environment to medicate in, and will not be allowed to mix with areas serving alcohol. Marijuana won’t even be sold on the premises — visitors can either bring their own for personal use, or be referred to Jones’ award-winning nearby dispensary, D & M Compassion Center in Clearlake.

Jones believes that the ranch will have all the groundwork laid out if and when California becomes the next state to legalize recreational use.

“Next year if it becomes recreational, we’ll be on the forefront,” Jones told the Record-Bee. The center will be “a place to get away from the kids and families.”

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