Council to Continue Hearing on Zoning Code Amendments to Cannabis Ordinance – Pasadena Now – Pasadena Now

A public hearing on proposed changes to the city’s cannabis ordinance could be postponed for a week.

According to the City Council agenda, city staff is recommending the council continue the hearing until April 19.

No reason was given for the proposed delay, and a staff report is not included in the agenda. 

The amendments would allow more than one cannabis dispensary in each of the council’s seven districts and decrease distance requirements between dispensaries from the voter-approved 1,000 feet to 450 feet.

The amendment would not change the six-dispensary limit approved by the voters in Measure CC, and could allow dispensaries that unsuccessfully sued the city back into the process. 

Measure CC, which allows up to six dispensaries to operate in Pasadena, passed with 63 percent of the vote in 2018. The ordinance also allowed the council to retain the authority to amend existing ordinances and adopt future ordinances regarding commercial cannabis business activities.

Measure DD approved a tax structure for cannabis sales. But city maps later revealed that only three would be able to open in Pasadena due to current distance requirements that prohibit dispensaries from operating too close to schools, libraries, churches, and residential neighborhoods. 

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