As Coachella Valley cities struggled to rebound from the Great Recession, several municipalities welcomed medical cannabis and commercial cultivation with open arms, hastily making room for an industry that was taking off at the same time cities were still looking for a financial lifeline.
But now that the industry has taken root and cities have welcomed recreational cannabis, as well, some residents of these cities are concerned that the industry has been able to spread unchecked and that local jurisdictions have not done enough to regulate pot operations. Others are concerned that cities are stifling the still growing industry and that governments need to reduce regulations and taxes or legal and profitable cannabis businesses could start to vanish.
For years the only way to get marijuana was to grow it at home illegally or buy it on the black market. But