The Coachella Valley’s largest city is finally considering how it would move forward with permitting retail cannabis dispensaries and other potential cannabis business, a move that could provide the strongest foothold yet for the local industry.
Indio has long been conservative in its approach to legalizing cannabis, holding back while cities like Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs and Cathedral City raced ahead to adopt cannabis ordinances and attract businesses.
Following a study session this month, Indio City Manager Mark Scott said he is preparing a working plan.
“I was really impressed with the public input we got,” Scott said. “There was a lot of wisdom, a lot of strategy, and acknowledgment of both the pros and the cons and what kinds of things need to be done so when the city adopts regulations that they make sense.”
The possible opening-up of the most populous valley city (Indio has 90,000 people, roughly twice the size of Palm Springs)to cannabis comes at a time when the Coachella Valley is cementing itself as an epicenter of legalized activity.
Published: December 02, 2019