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Petition to Legalize Pasadena’s Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensaries Gathers Enough Signatures to Qualify for March Ballot

City officials have gone to great lengths to close down Pasadena marijuana dispensaries which operate in violation of City ordinances. Pictured above is a November, 2018 raid on Walnut Street during which police arrested four and seized cash and 168 pounds of marijuana at an illegal dispensary.

Initiative could throw monkey wrench into City’s current commercial cannabis licensing and zoning process

Add a new wrinkle to Pasadena’s increasingly discordant commercial cannabis permitting process.

A petition to legalize some marijuana dispensaries operating in Pasadena before the City’s official licensing process was instituted has garnered 12,900 signatures, which is enough to qualify for the March 3, 2020 municipal ballot.

The proponents turned in the signatures last Wednesday, July 31, according to a memorandum City Clerk Mark Jomsky sent to City Councilmembers which Pasadena Now has obtained.

Jomsky reported to the Council he has sent the initiative petition to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for official verification of petition signatures.

If authorized, the petition would allow the voters of Pasadena directly to decide if so-called illegal cannabis businesses which continued to operate in contravention of City ordinances but without criminal convictions during calendar year 2018 should be permitted to continue to operate in their present locations.

Councilmember Victor Gordo, who helped author the City’s current Cannabis ordinance, was quick to criticize the initiative effort.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Eddie Rivera on Pasadena Now

Published: August 05, 2019

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