Palm Springs City Council Approves Third Marijuana Dispensary

The Palm Springs City Council tonight approved an ordinance allowing a third medical marijuana dispensary to operate in the city and awarded the permit to Organic Solutions of the Desert.

Eight other applicants had sought the permit. Herbal Solutions also met the city’s requirements to be awarded the permit, according to a city staff report.

The City Council voted 4-1 to award the permit to Organic Solutions of the Desert, with Councilwoman Ginny Foat voting no.

Three applicants — Palm Springs Compassionate Care, Greenway Nature Care Center and Farmacy Collective — nearly qualified, but did not meet zoning restrictions, the report states.

A staff report found that a third city-sanctioned dispensary would help provide a sufficient number of “reliable and appropriately regulated medical cannabis cooperatives.”

In March 2009, the council voted to allow two collectives, or cooperatives, in compliance with state law to operate within the city’s three industrial zones.

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