A City Council committee Thursday asked city planners to study loosening municipal cannabis regulations that allow only one dispensary per Council district and to consider reducing the distance required between dispensaries.
“There is the first issue,” City Manager Steve Mermell said to four Councilmembers of the Economic Development and Technology Committee during the meeting. “We have three permits issued to applicants. Are we interested in making some modifications to allow up to five of the initial applicants to operate? And then there is another issue: Do we want to further our program, which would result in more operators, and if so, do we want to redo it with an eye toward social equity?”
Proposed “social equity” regulations could allow certain applicants in either low-income areas, or owners affected by harsh drug laws and the “War on Drugs” to become operators with some easing of regulations.
Pasadena currently has some of the strictest regulations regarding distances between and numbers of dispensaries throughout the city.
Of the city’s six top applicants — Integral, Tony Fong, MedMen, Atrium, Sweetflower and Harvest — only one company still remains in the pipeline to be licensed and operational.
Applicants Integral and Tony Fong have opened