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cultivation center, the company offers “turnkey management services” to others in the cannabis space and boasts a $100 million equity capital fund. This is the future of legal marijuana in California: Diversification, slick branding and professional investment. Marijuana is already as big a business as coffee and Indian gaming, with analysts estimating $30 billion in annual consumer


MedMen likens itself, as many cannabis companies do, to an early tech startup. Its West Hollywood dispensary looks a bit like an Apple store, with samples of product in polished glass cases and information about each on iPads. In a grow facility in Sun Valley, north of Los Angeles, marijuana plants grow in coconut fiber, sustained by drip irrigation and marked by thin plastic labels stuck in soil. Beyond the dispensary and


Pedestrian deaths shockingly common in Coachella Valley THE DESERT SUN

Early in the morning on Nov. 11, 2014, Howard Bergdoll left his condo in the Cathedral Springs subdivision in Cathedral City and set out for his regular morning walk around the Cimarron Golf Resort. He walked down McCallum Way and started to cross Landau Boulevard. He had crossed the two northbound lanes, the turn lane and the center southbound lane when he was hit by an oncoming car in the last lane before the curb around 5:45 a.m. Later that morning in Spokane, Washington, his daughter, Terry Stralser, got a call from the Cathedral City Police Department. Police directed her to Desert

Regional Medical center, where staff told her that her father had two broken legs and she needed to come down to see him as soon as possible. She and her sister got on the first flight they could. Just before takeoff, Stralser got a second call telling her that her father had died. Pedestrian fatality rates have been rising across the country and California is no exception. From 2008 to 2014, California averaged 1.51 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people, each year. The national average during the same time was 1.47. The Riverside County average was higher than both, at 1.81. Indio, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral

Thanksgiving paper to be offered early The Desert Sun’s biggest edition of the year – the Thanksgiving Day newspaper – will be available the day before Thanksgiving at select retailers.The edition, which features Black Friday sale inserts and high-dollar savings ads inside, typically weighs in at over four pounds. Deliveries of the early Thanksgiving paper will begin arriving at retailers in the Coachella Valley region locations at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Deliveries are expected to be complete by 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Not only will the early edition accommodate those making holiday shopping plans early, the edition will remain at many retailers through Black

Friday as well. In addition to the season’s best deals and gift ideas, the Thanksgiving Early Edition will introduce a new series on unsung heroes in the Coachella Valley. We’ll launch these stories in the Thanksgiving edition and then run features on heroes in our neighborhoods over the next month. We want you to make this series, #CVGratitude, a hit by sending us photos, video and a short description of heroes in your life, with the hashtag #CVGratitude. We’ll add your heroes to this Desert Sun series. Pick up the Thanksgiving paper to enjoy early savings. Mark Winkler, Desert Sun president

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