Palm Springs has withdrawn a letter revoking the business license of a cannabis business owner accused by the city of cultivating illegally.
Last month, we reported that the city of Joy Brown had revoked Meredith’s three cannabis business licenses on charges of illegally cultivating in a room that she was not licensed to use.
Meredith owns Crystal Fantasy, which opened in downtown Palm Springs in 1987, and most recently the Joy of Life Wellness Center, a cannabis dispensary. Meredith’s approved cannabis growing location is in an industrial facility at W. San Rafael Dr. in North Palm Springs.
In October, Palm Springs City District Attorney Jeffrey Ballinger wrote a letter alleging inspectors found evidence of illegal cannabis cultivation in a room where she was not licensed. Law enforcement officials said video surveillance footage showed hundreds of cannabis plants in a unit that Meredith was not licensed to operate.
Meredith denied the allegations and spoke exclusively to News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia.
The decision has since been reversed.
Last week the city withdrew its revocation notice so that Meredith can resume operations in her cannabis businesses.
The decision came after Polina Ross, Meredith’s attorney, told city officials that the notice did not adequately describe the full scope of the violations, specifically in which unit the violation occurred.
“Although the city does not agree with Ms. Ross that the cancellation letter did not inform Joy Industries, Inc. of all violations at 370 W. San Rafael, Palm Springs, California 92262, regarding one of the questions Ms. Ross raised, the city is withdrawing the cancellation letter “reads a letter from Pat Donegan, the city’s deputy prosecutor.
Ballinger said the decision was made with great caution.
Ballinger added that he anticipates that Donegan and Veronica Goedhart, the city’s director of special program compliance, are likely to deliver another letter of revocation sometime this week.
“I think it is appropriate to say that the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office and Ms. Goedhart continue to assume that there have actually been violations on the property and that these were serious,” writes Ballinger.
In the meantime, Joy Meredith has issued a declaration of revocation of the declaration of revocation and the possibility of further notification in the near future:
“Joy of Life Wellness reopened this weekend after the city revoked our licenses due to procedural and other errors in the revocation order. The revocation was based on incorrect information that forced us to close for almost 2 months. Now the city. Staff say there may be another withdrawal. That’s a lot for my family to hang over our heads. The financial and emotional stress almost broke me, but the support of our community keeps us going. “
An appeal hearing for the original revocation should be held at the city council meeting this week, but Ballinger said it won’t happen again.
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