At least one local cannabis dispensary opposes changes to city guidelines regulating the industry.
The City Council’s Economic Development and Technology (EDTech) Committee is scheduled to consider amendments to the guidelines at 4 p.m. Thursday.
According to a letter from Integral Associated Dena LLC, the recommended changes are contrary to the will of the voters.
“There is a mechanism in the ordinance ‘to fine tune the regulations’ to better implement the ‘purpose of chapter,’” wrote local attorney Richard McDonald in a letter to the council committee. “That does not mean a wholesale revision that is contrary to what residents were told when they approved it. Specifically, residents were told that the City was taking a more cautious approach than the State with distance separation requirements to protect neighborhoods. Entirely jettisoning those protections now to do the same as the State is thus contrary to the purpose of the ordinance.”
That cautious approach was presented to local residents in the form of Measure CC, which 63% of voters approved.
In a May staff report, Pasadena officials claimed the present situation is not in the best interest of the city, and is not in keeping with the intent of the voters