There are towns across the United States suffering from economic hardship, and many of these areas are searching for ways to save the day. In legal marijuana states like California, some of the jurisdictions buried in this downtrodden way of life are looking to get involved with the legal cannabis trade — not as a means to an end, but as a new beginning.
The desert town of Blythe, located on the California-Arizona border, is hoping to get into the business of growing and selling marijuana. Blythe is part of the agricultural community in the Palo Verde Valley, and has been considered a farming community for the past century.
The town, which was initially apprehensive about letting marijuana in, is now one of several California border towns trying to capitalize on the newfound legal marijuana market that launched at the beginning of the year.
“Proponents of bringing marijuana into Blythe say the city can compete against the Coachella Valley and coastal