Two local cannabis operators have filed a lawsuit against the city over amendments to the city’s cannabis ordinance allowing more than one dispensary per council district.
In 2018, 63% of voters approved Measure CC, which allows a maximum of six dispensaries, one per district, and requires each shop to maintain a distance from other dispensaries as well as from churches, schools, libraries and parks.
But on Nov. 1 after several failed attempts, the City Council voted 5-3 to amend the ordinance and place more dispensaries in District 3, which is represented by John Kennedy.
The new regulations decrease the required distance between retailers from 1,000 feet to 450 feet.
Kennedy, along with Felicia Williams and Gene Masuda, opposed the amendments and said he believed the council was acting against the will of the voters, which is what the lawsuit also claims.
According to the lawsuit filed by lawyers representing Integral Associates and Harvest of Pasadena by approving the Zoning code amendment; the City’s unlimited and carte blanche grant to itself of the right to amend Measure CC is an unconstitutional usurpation of the people’s initiative power by the City; and (3) the express language of ballot Measure CC approved