Members of PS Dispensary Say They are Being Targeted Because of Gay Patients
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PALM SPRINGS - We received a tip in our newsroom that THC (The Hollistic Collective), a medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Springs was going to be raided at 3:30pm Thursday afternoon. The dispensary doesn’t have the proper permit because the city council decided there could only be three dispensaries in the city. Members of this collective say it helps out a portion of the community that needs it and they feel like they're being targeted unfairly. A group of protesters stood outside the clinic waiting for the raid.
The clinic was given 24 hours to vacate in order to raid the premises and gather all the supplies in the building. Protesters outside the building say this collective is being targeted because they're known for having mostly gay members. They serve more than 12,000 patients. "It seems like to me that we're being targeted unfairly. Just discussions that are had between the community; that it's known as the gay collective around town and the collective that helps the Desert Aids Project a lot,” says protester Yitz Anthony.
He says when they saw the notice on the front door of the clinic, members and volunteers of the clinic called the city to find out if a raid was really happening. "They contacted us back and said that anyone who was in the building after 3:30pm would be arrested,” says Anthony. But 24 hours later, there was no raid. There was, however, cop cars spotted about 200 feet down. "There was a bunch of cop cars that were at what is formerly known as Dinks. They were just congregated there for no reason so I assumed it was for the raid,” says Anthony.
Anthony says he believes because the story gained so much attention, they backed off, at least for today. "Thanks to the support of volunteers and the media interacting and seeing the protesters and what’s happening, they probably chose not to do it today,” says Anthony. KMIR 6 contacted the Palm Springs Police Department for comment and they did not return our phone calls.
Anthony says the fear remains that a raid can still happen at any time. "We all believe in medical marijuana and the freedoms of this country and if we vote something in, then it should be respected, not interpreted in any way they choose to,” says Anthony. Palm Springs is currently the only city in the Coachella Valley that allows the sale of medical marijuana.