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Protesters Question Transparency and ‘Community Benefits’ of City’s Licensing Process

Seen above, members of The League of United Latin American Citizens protest at City Council meeting on June 10, 2019 (left); Art Pulido, community organizer (top right) and Andrea Garcia (bottom tight) address the Council. Images courtesy KPAS.

 

 

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Pasadena’s six successful applicants for cannabis retail dispensaries may soon hit some unexpected speed bumps on their way to doing business in the city.

A group of protesters Monday challenged the City Council’s cannabis licensing process, claiming that the City had not followed its own procedures in the selection of cannabis retailers.

Andrea Garcia, of the League of Latin American Citizens, reading a statement by Martin Gordon of the Pasadena Community Coalition, told the Council during public comment, “There was to be an initial review of candidates by the consultant…along with community input on the seamless integration of the sites into the fabric of the community.”

Garcia continued, “This process was to be open and transparent. The scores for all applicants need to be released immediately, and the individual scores on social equity must be included in the scores.”

Los Angeles political organizer Art Pulido backed up Garcia with his own statement, telling the Council that it “should go back and look at what happened, and then come back and re-evaluate on why the community was not involved in the process.”

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

Published: June 12, 2019

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