Desert Hot Springs OKs medical marijuana dispensaries – The Desert Sun

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Desert Hot Springs on Tuesday became the third city in the Coachella Valley to allow the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries within its borders with City Council’s unanimous decision to repeal its previous ban on such businesses.

Council also approved zoning and permit requirements for the dispensaries.

Palm Springs recently approved its fourth dispensary, while Cathedral City is considering permits for three dispensaries.

Desert Hot Springs City Council voted Tuesady to permit dispensaries with no more than 99 mature marijuana plants in certain commercial zones and cultivation enclosures with more than 100 mature plants in any industrial zone, so long as owners procure both conditional use and regulatory permits.

“When it comes to medical marijuana, the west side of the valley is really about health and wellness,” said Mayor Adam Sanchez. “Patients in Desert Hot Springs that really need this assistance won’t need to drive out of town anymore, and hopefully we can meet the needs of our residents.”

Decisions on how many dispensaries the city will allow and how long the application period will run will be made in a forthcoming resolution.

During a recent study session, Mayor Pro Tem Russell Betts opposed limiting the number of dispensaries, but police Chief Chuck Maynard requested a set number in the beginning, as well as security officers on site. The remaining council members split on allowing three to five dispensaries.

“I think we’re being methodical and doing things well, and my only thought on how many dispensaries we should allow initially is I don’t think we should look at the differences in tax …read more