One of only three legal facilities approved for operation in the Inland Empire, the Desert Organic Solutions (DOS) dispensary serves upwards of 100 patients per day, employs a staff of seven, and is seen by many as an asset to the community.
“We started out with only six members, and I never could have imagined we would grow so quickly,” says President Gary Cherlin. “We have 2,820 members now, and a large percentage of them have cancer, HIV, or multiple sclerosis. I’ve been getting tremendous feedback from them in terms of just how necessary this facility is to their overall well-being.”
Located at 19-486 Newhall Street near Interstate-10 at Indian Canyon Drive, the facility opened June 5, 2010 to provide patients with safe, reliable access to affordable, high-quality cannabis. The membership collective is open to all qualified patients with a physician’s verified recommendation and primary caregivers.
“The City of Palm Springs was wonderful in terms of helping to fast-track the approval for our zoning license prior to opening,” Cherlin said. “They see we are a legitimate, licensed facility that helps people who are suffering.
“For me, it’s all about giving back to the community,” he added. “I wanted to help and asked myself ‘what is the best way to give back?’” So, DOS has been expanding its patient programs, offering a free package of medicine once a month to indigent patients. It also runs a program for the disabled and one for military veterans, and recently started collecting clothing for an area homeless shelter.
In terms of future trends, Cherlin anticipates tremendous growth in the area of edible products. His facility offers a large assortment of such items, which include everything from ice cream to gluten-free bread pudding.
“These products really appeal to our older patients who are seeking alternative ways of ingesting the medicine,” he said. “In this day and age, there are so many options for people. Medicinal marijuana isn’t just about smoking anymore.”
The facility’s patient demographic runs the gamut. On an average day, Cherlin says the dispensary could see anyone from a 90-year-old glaucoma patient to a 23-year-old suffering from breast cancer.
The collective’s website includes testimonials from patients like Tom M. of Palm Springs: “You truly are one of the few good guys. May you continue the excellent services you provide and I am most honored to call you my dispensary of record.”
For more about Desert Organic Solutions, call 760-288-4000 or visit www.desertorganicsolutions.com.