“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.”- Rene Descartes #thinkpositive

I am a realist. Although I operate with a high sense of optimism, I am a realist. It has been said that some of us see the city of Desert Hot Springs through rose colored glasses, and that we are ignorant to the things that are not so pleasant about our city. That cannot be further from the truth. I am fully aware of the uptick in crime in our city over the last several months. However, I am also aware that that uptick of crime is not just a Desert Hot Springs issue. Valley wide, each city has reported uptick in crime over the last several months. Nearly all our valley cities have reported an increase of crime for a myriad of reasons from the summer heat to unintended consequences of COVID restrictions. In speaking with our Chief of police Jim Henson, our Police Department has seen an increase of property crime and domestic violence over the last several months. He commented, “Whenever you force people inside and change their lifestyles, you’re going to have issues.” Furthermore, concerning this point, KESQ recently offered this quote from Chris Hermann (Crime analyst and Assistant Professor at CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.),”People are under a lot stress. People are dealing with mental stress. It’s a tough time for a lot of people.” Yes, this is a frustrating time, but it also is an unprecedented time for all of us, and even in the midst of this “storm”, are plenty of things to celebrate.

Our city would vastly improve with the addition of retail, and restaurants, etc., and I believe that we are all on the same flight, trying to figure out ways to make this city shine as we know it should. However, in the interim, there are those of us that choose to celebrate the things that we do well, the community that we have, and the improvements that we are making. From the many nonprofits that have stepped up to give a helping hand to those in need during the pandemic, to the stellar job that our schools administration and students are doing, to even the support of small businesses that were affected by the shut down, I believe that we have plenty to be proud of.

Speaking of small businesses, I recently had a discussion with Abe Robbins of IVTHC (Inland Valley Therapeutic Healing Center), one of our local businesses. According to their website (, IVTHC “offers the latest cannabis products; from flower, CBD, vapes, tinctures, concentrates, edibles, drinks to pet products, for both medical patients and recreational customers alike.” Mr. Robbin has expressed an enthusiastic love for our community and desires to become more involved in helping us shine! Below is par of my discussion with owner Abe Robbin:

When we met, you expressed a strong desire to become more involved in the community. What steps have you taken to do so, and what steps do you plan on taking going forward?

Well, so far we have donated to FOOD NOW a couple of times, and since this crazy time we live in post COVID. Our next goal is to become more active in the community because I have realized that now more people are facing tougher times. There are now more people without jobs and less income. One additional way we have found a way to help is realize we can maximize our resources because the amount of people we see every day, we are now going give back to our customers every time they can donate to help the less fortunate. The donation can consist of any important survival resources, such as water, toiletry utensils, fruits and vegetables, and we will ensure it gets delivered to local food drives in the city. 

Why did you choose DHS? 

This is kind of a funny question because DHS actually chose me. I was days away from throwing everything I had into getting a dispensary in Palm Springs, but DHS decided to allow additional dispensaries, and I already had submitted an application with the city, it finally got approved, and that’s kind of how it all started for me in DHS. 

Reading the reviews on your Facebook page and yelp, it appears that you aim to set yourself apart from other dispensaries. What do you say that is a goal of yours?

You know, everyone always wants to know what we do differently than everyone else and I think they always get shocked as to how simple the answer is, but the answer is good customer service. And what I mean by that is, not the fake kind of “customer service”. I’m talking about the kind of service where you take the time to fully understand what the customer needs are and make sure that you can accurately direct that customer in the right way. We never pressure the customer and always educate them, because to us, it’s more important that this customer gets what they are looking for. This ensures customer satisfaction and most likely will ensure customer loyalty in return. That is always our main goal! 

What is special about IVTHC? 

I would say the biggest thing about IVTHC is that we are a family owned business and we are hands on with everything that we do. To me this is already huge because in an industry like ours, most companies, whether they are on the distribution end or the retail end like ourselves, most of these companies have investors or other companies that are involved which can make it very corporate. This allows us to be more compassionate with the way we do business, and also lets us make sure our entire staff understands that we are different and firmly believe in customer appreciation. 

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