Snoop Dogg concert results in hefty city expenses for dispensary owners

Hotbox Farms founder and co-owner Steven Meland at the concert Saturday. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – The city of Ontario is seeking more than $15,000 in reimbursement after thousands of people converged on Ontario for a last-minute free concert earlier this month performed by national rap artist Snoop Dogg as a grand opening event for Hotbox Farms.

City Manager Adam Brown told the Enterprise that he met with Hotbox founder and co-owner Steven Meland to discuss the city’s costs incurred as a result of the concert. Ontario officials said they didn’t learn of the event until the day before Snoop Dogg hit the stage.

Hotbox obtained permits for fireworks, food catering and a beer garden but had not been granted a special events permit or a noise variance, the city said in . . .