Pasadena modified some of the most strict distancing requirements between cannabis dispensaries in the nation this week, opening the door for previously approved retailers to operate unhindered for the first time.
The long awaited decision was commended by cannabis supporters this week, but not everybody is feeling similarly gleeful about the city now allowing up to three cannabis retailers in any one council district after city leaders eased the distancing requirements for dispensaries from 1,000 to 450 at Monday, Aug. 9 City Council meeting.
Meanwhile, a proposed social equity component will return for consideration in 8 months, which proponents believe is too long.
Umbrage at the process
Councilman John Kennedy disagreed with the process as a whole.
“We are here today because nothing less than shoddy staff,” Kennedy, who represents the 3rd District, said Monday. “This is a discussion that we fully had at the council level and with the community. It is the expectation that there would be no more than one cannabis retailer, at least for the first iteration in one district.
“How it is written now, mayor and colleagues, you would essentially allow three cannabis operations in District 3?”
The issue at hand isn’t on the benefits of