California cities opted for legal weed to revitalize business. Will it work for this small, desert town?

For a segment of the population in Blythe, a farming town on the California-Arizona border, cannabis looked like the crop of the future. The city of 19,486 was founded a century ago as a verdant agricultural hub. Today, farmers grow alfalfa, cotton and melons on the neat green squares of land that define the Palo Verde Valley. But the population of the town is shrinking and the poverty rate is high. Blythe turned to pot two years ago, following...

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City Council nix Flora cannabis dispensary: Assert El Rancho Verde and Have A Heart as Blythe’s only approved dispensary licensees

On March 21, the Blythe City Council convened at City Hall for a Special Meeting and doubled-down on last week’s unanimous decision to reject staff’s recommended second-place applicant Flora Holding Group for a commercial cannabis dispensary license in favor of approving fourth-place applicants El Rancho Verde, LLC. The respective placing’s were in accordance to the City of Blythe’s established four-phase commercial cannabis license applica...

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Blythe’s 1st operational canna-business: Flora set to pay taxes this month, eyes future retail

The first certified commercial business in Blythe’s budding green industry is officially operational, as the resident Flora cannabis company is set to pay its first taxes on their manufacturing and distribution 2019 sales by the end of February. Though not a dispensary, the cannabis company’s approved City of Blythe manufacturing and distribution category licenses have found Flora moving forward with retailers across Southern California and...

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Blythe’s first cannabis business permits issued: Council approves Flora Holding Group

At the Feb. 13 City Council meeting at City Hall, Flora Holding Group owner Travis Pollock, of Perris, California, became the first publicly approved entity to receive commercial cannabis business permits from the City of Blythe. The permits approved were for commercial cannabis manufacturing and distribution in Blythe, to be issued fully once the site has been inspected and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the City of Blythe Building ...

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