San Diego weed dispensary disputes that its marketing targets minors
At the Cookies Dispensary in Mission Valley on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in San Diego, CA., Shane Belfield, assist a customer with his order. - Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

SAN DIEGO — The Cookies chain of cannabis dispensaries says its marketing efforts and company name have been misunderstood and distorted by local officials who have criticized the company, saying it targets youth. The chain, which operates stores in La Mesa and Mission Valley, got approval in June to open a third location in Sorrento Valley. Before that approval, the San Diego Planning Commission and the Torrey Pines Community Planning Group said Cookies targets underage customers with its name and Sesame Street-style graphics that evoke the Cookie Monster character. A company official said in...