The Holistic Farmer’s Market is no more because of a lack of attendance, but the person behind it has now turned her attention to another venture – medicinal marijuana.

“We couldn’t bring the community in,” said Gayle Palms, owner of Phoenix Holistic Health Center which hosted the Farmer’s Market in the Mercado Shopping Center. “We didn’t have the support for vendors and without it they lose interest.”

Now, Palms plans to turn in an application to enter the lottery for a medical marijuana permit by the April 17 deadline. There will be 126 licenses awarded statewide

 “Right now we are trying to find a place (to operate),” said Palms, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident. “But it’s hard because all I’ve heard so far is ‘no.’”

She said she has a team of investors for funding and three doctors who are able to prescribe medicinal marijuana. They are looking at possible locations in Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills.

She said the staff at Holistic Health Center sees many patients, including those battling cancer, who will benefit from medicinal marijuana being legal.

“I see their fear but also I see glimmer of hope that when they can purchase medicinal marijuana, they can manage pain without oxycontin and morphine,” she said. “It gives them an appetite, which in turn gives them their strength back without a lot of side effects.”

Palms hosted an information session regarding medicinal marijuana on Thursday at the Holistic Health Center.

“We’re doing a class to let people know there is nothing to be afraid of,” she said. “We want to get the voice out there of the benefits and let them know the truth.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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