It's official: CAPS is closed for good

January 18, 2007

K. Kaufmann, The Desert Sun (CA)

 The closed sign has been on the door at the Collective Apothecary of Palm Springs since last Thursday, but now it's official. The medical marijuana dispensary at 333 N. Palm Canyon Drive has closed permanently, said Ben Odell of Platinum Realty Management, manager for the property.

"The owner called me and said they were closing. Jan. 11," Odell said, citing federal and Riverside County efforts to close down area dispensaries as the likely cause.

The CAPS closure led to a wave of patients heading to CannaHelp in Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley's sole remaining dispensary, creating a shortage of the drug for area patients. CannaHelp is temporarily not selling any medical marijuana while it attempts to resolve legal problems of its own.

The dispensary is having an open house today, with a rally between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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