Lawyers for two cannabis companies that finished in the top six of the city’s approval process have sent letters to the City Council asking that the cannabis ordinance not be amended.
The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on
Monday to discuss proposed changes that would shorten the distance between dispensaries from 1,000 feet to 450 feet and allow more than one dispensary per council district, provided the dispensary finished in the top six of the city’s selection process.
“To change the rules now to allow competitors within 450 feet of these secured locations is unfair, subject to legal challenge, and contrary to the intent of Measure CC which was designed to avoid concentration by requiring dispensaries to be spread throughout the City,” said attorney Richard McDonald, who represents Integral, one of the cannabis companies that made it through the city’s approval process and successfully acquired the necessary permits to sell cannabis in Pasadena.
MedMen (MME Pasadena), Harvest Pasadena, Integral LLC, Tony Fong (Varda), Atrium, and Sweetflower won the right to apply for the necessary permits to legally sell cannabis in Pasadena in 2019.
According to McDonald, Varda and Harvest also oppose the changes.
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