The Coachella Valley Cannabis Action Network hosted a forum on legal weed policy for Palm Springs City Council candidates. Two years after Palm Springs voted to allow REC businesses, the evening yielded enough forceful critiques to indicate one point of agreement: Taxes are too high.
The candidates only disagreed on who is being victimized more egregiously.
- Retired businessman Les Young said MED and not “the fun stuff” is being disproportiately used by seniors and the ill and that consumer taxes should reflect that.
- Young is one of three candidates to propose tax reductions for cultivation, manufacturing and sales. Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors was the sole defender of present policies. Kors said lowering taxes could lead to “a race to the bottom.”