Indio Mayor Mike Wilson says he'd 'go the legal route' to fight Coachella pot dispensary


Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez touts tourism and marijuana cultivation in state of city speech. (July 27, 2017) Richard Lui/The Desert Sun

Mike Wilson(Photo: Desert Sun file)

When the last bell rings at 2.30 p.m. dismissing Martin Van Buren Elementary students for the day, parents are already lined up along the outside portico or hiding from the heat in air-conditioned cars, ready to pick up their children.

The school sits on Avenue 48, which marks the border of Indio and Coachella. It is also located just a short block from the site planned as Coachella’s first hotel, The Glenroy, which the city incentivized by offering the developer the option to include a cannabis retail business.

Now that the dispensary has opened its doors, elected officials and city staff in Indio are concerned about the impact a business like this may have on their city, including the students of Van Buren Elementary.

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Indio itself has shied away from any further ordinance governing the cultivation and sale of cannabis within its limits, which it banned in 2016. Its neighbor Coachella, however, has embraced cannabis cultivation and is currently in the process of rolling out its retail permits. 

While other valley cities such as Palm Springs and Cathedral City have had some experience with medical cannabis dispensaries prior to the

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