Cannabis in hotels? Desert Hot Springs looks at cannatourism & tax changes
The next chapter of desert tourism could see travelers ordering a joint at their hotel as if it were a cocktail in the lobby bar.
Desert Hot Springs officials are moving toward developing “cannatourism” as they take a hard look at the future of the cannabis industry that’s become an anchor in their local economy. That includes considering the allowance of cannabis sales and use in hotels and entertainment facilities like bowling alleys.
They’re also carefully eying their tax rate on cannabis cultivators in an attempt to ensure they remain one of the most competitive cities in the upstart legal industry.
The city was one of the first in California to create a framework for legal operations, and it attracted a host of activity from the start. Cannabis has since become its second-highest revenue stream, bringing in about $3.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last summer.
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