DHS council votes 'no' on medical marijuana dispensaries

February 05, 2007

, KESQ ABC TV (Palms Springs)


A heated debate in Desert Hot Springs Tuesday night and it ended with the city council voting no to any new medical marijuana dispensaries.

The council voted unanimously for a moratorium against the businesses. That will likely mean the eventual shutdown of a new dispensary that just opened this week on Palm Drive near Pierson.

The owner of Organic Solutions of the Desert says that he opened the business without a license because the city council was too slow to act.

Tuesday night, more than a dozen medical marijuana users shared their emotional stories of chronic pain and how the drug has improved their lives.

But council members weren't swayed, saying the drug remains illegal, according to the federal government.

The council's no vote means the medical marijuana dispensary in Desert Hot Springs may be forced to shut down within a few weeks.

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