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Palm Springs Is California’s Smoking-Hot Cannabis Tourist Destination



Palm Springs Is California’s Smoking-Hot Cannabis Tourist Destination

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It’s high season in the Coachella Valley—for tourism and for cannabis.

Now’s the time to combine them both.

The Coachella Valley is one of your best bets for a cannabis getaway this weekend. It's sunny, it's Palm Springs, and it's ready for adult-use retail.

If you want to visit California this weekend for a taste of historic cannabis legalization in the Golden State, the Coachella Valley—in particular the resort-town cluster of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs—is one of your best bets for a cannabis getaway.

It’s sunny and warm, it’s Palm Springs, and it’s open for business, unlike other weekender destinations—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe—that won’t open their adult-use cannabis stores for another week or so.

A longtime playground for movie stars, mobsters, and alternative lifestylers 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley has the key elements intrepid cannabis travelers need to ring in California’s new legal era:

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Where to Purchase

Cathedral City (population: 54,056) has 12 medicinal dispensaries, many of which will be open for adult-use sales on Jan. 1. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use openings in Cathedral City:

Cathedral City Cathedral City Care Collective
36633 Cathedral Canyon Drive (760) 832-6417 Jan 1
Cathedral City Cathedral City Care Collective North
28201 Date Palm Drive (760) 832-6417 Jan 1
Cathedral City Green Cross Pharma
68730 Summit Drive (760) 832-7194 Jan 1
Cathedral City HOTN Cultivation Co. 68945 Vista Chino (760) 832-7614 Jan 1
Cathedral City Mother Earth’s Farmacy 36633 Cathedral Canyon Drive (760) 832-8348 Jan 1
Cathedral City No Wait Meds 68860 Ramon Road (760) 333-1338 Jan 1
Cathedral City P&S Ventures 36380 Bankside Drive Jan 1
Cathedral City West Coast Cannabis Club 68828 Ramon Road (760) 689-2582 Jan 1

Desert Hot Springs (population: 28,492) has 8 medicinal dispensaries. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use recreational cannabis sales openings in Desert Hot Springs:

Desert Hot Springs Deserts Finest 12106 Palm Drive (833) GET-KUSH Jan 1
Desert Hot Springs Green Pearl
64949 Mission Lakes Boulevard (760) 894-3146 Jan 1

Palm Springs (population: 47,689) has 6 medicinal dispensaries. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use recreational cannabis sales openings in Palm Springs:

Palm Springs Desert Organic Solutions
19486 Newhall Street (760) 288-4000 Jan. 1

Know Your Grow

It’s not just retail. A number of companies are expanding their operations in the Coachella Valley, including:

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Where to Stay

Where to Play

Where to Eat

Upcoming Events

Also: Palm Springs has approved cannabis social lounges
. They’re not open yet, but stay tuned.

*Cannabis is, of course, illegal within the boundaries of all national parks, regardless of state law. So please plan accordingly and stay legal.