This former sheriff’s sergeant opened ‘The Vault,’ a cannabis dispensary in Cathedral City. A look inside the former bank
The grand opening for The Vault Dispensary Lounge is Labor Day weekend. Wochit
It’s not every day that a retired sheriff’s detective sergeant teams up with a business partner to open a cannabis dispensary and lounge inside a former bank with an enormous vault.
In many ways, The Vault Dispensary Lounge in Cathedral City is one of the Coachella Valley’s most unique cannabis endeavors. For co-owner Rich Eaton, who recently retired after a long career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the Vault is an opportunity to continue his life’s work.
“My feeling is that I’m going to be able to continue helping like I did for 25 years,” he said. “I became a cop to help people. This is going to help people.”
The Vault is in a shopping center alongside a gym and several restaurants on Date Palm Drive just north of Gerald Ford Drive.
The dispensary, which opened this month, sells everything from pre-rolls and vape pens to concentrates, edibles and THC champagne, according to its website.
Rich Eaton and Shaun Szameit opened up a unique dispensary in Cathedral City catering to higher end customers. The dispensary named “The Vault Dispensary Lounge” was named after the bank vault still in the building. (Photo: Omar Ornelas/ USA Today Network)
Inside the former bank, the Vault showcases art along with the company’s logo and doors resembling vaults. There’s also a large lounge area with couches and televisions, which were recently used to show a UFC fight for customers who paid $20 or spent the same at their dispensary.
“We want people to come through our door and feel at home,” Eaton said.
Eaton got involved in the cannabis business after investing in some cultivation warehouses in 2017 after he retired.
Based on his experience in law enforcement and as a business owner, marijuana is in a different league from street drugs.
“This is not a gateway drug,” he said. “This is not anywhere in comparison to heroin or cocaine or meth.”
He said he never really took a hard stance on pot.
“I don’t feel I would be viewed as a hypocrite because no one could ever say that I ruined anybody’s life by arresting them for cannabis,” he said.
Over the past few years, Eaton said he began researching cannabis more and saw the effects it had on his mother. After using a cannabis tincture for her chronic arthritis, Eaton’s mother noticed her pain started to diminish within a few days.
Shortly after, she was virtually pain free, he said.
“When I saw the results of that, it was when I was all in,” he said.
Rich Eaton, a retired detective sergeant with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, worked with a business partner to open The Vault Dispensary Lounge.
The vault dispensary
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