Cathedral City votes to permit marijuana dispensaries

Cathedral City became the second Coachella Valley city to permit marijuana dispensaries Tuesday with a 3-2 vote, that included an amendment to allow three to open immediately, instead of two.

Councilmen Greg Pettis, and Sam Toles and Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Vasquez voted in favor, with Mayor Kathy DeRosa and Councilman Stan Henry voted no. The council deadlocked 2-2 on the issue at its July 9 meeting when Toles did not teleconference into the session as expected.

The ordinance, as presented earlier this month, permitted one dispensary per 20,000 residents, or a cap of two total until the city of approximately 52,000 reached 60,000 residents. Pettis’ amendment changing that to one per 15,000 residents was approved.

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