Having These Industries Here, What Is Going To Be The Actual Beneficial Factor For Them Being Within Our City Limits?

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: With California legalization, marijuana industry approaches ‘the end of the beginning’ At a platoon reunion in November in Davenport, Iowa, where one of Rivera’s brothers-in-arms medical marijuana was buried, two more Marines and one non-veteran joined the company, which they called VetsLeaf. They agreed to split profits six ways: One part for each co-owner and one to be donated to veterans organizations. Former Marines Tony Rivera and Sandra Silva-Tello will be operating VetsLeaf, a large marijuana grow operation, near Little Morongo Road and Two Bunch Palms Trail in Desert Hot Springs. VetsLeaf landed in Desert Hot Springs, a windswept town about 40 miles from the Marine base where the group served. Desert Hot Springs was the first city in California to allow the commercial cultivation of marijuana in 2014. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but recreational use wasn’t approved until 2016. Three cultivation facilities have opened in Desert Hot Springs and dozens more are in the works. The city of 25,000 people has about 3,200 veterans, according to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. One cultivation company, Freedom Flower, recently gave the VFW a $5,000 donation — huge compared to most donations, according to post commander Jeff Horton — and he hopes other cultivators will do the same. “If you’re bringing billions of dollars into your own pocket, what are you doing for your community?” Horton said. “Having these industries here, what is going to be the actual beneficial factor for them being within our city limits? Are they just making a buck for themselves, or are they actually helping out with the communities?” READ MORE: Desert Hot Springs welcomed Walmart.

To read more visit http://www.desertsun.com/story/money/business/2017/06/05/vetsleaf-veterans-marines-cannabis-cultivation/346536001/

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