City Council Formalizes Marijuana Ballot Measure to Go to Voters in June

With the statewide legalization of marijuana, the Council approved a set of changes to our zoning code last year that formalized the City's current ban on pot dispensaries, only allowing deliveries of medical marijuana from outside the City into Pasadena. However, in early December marijuana proponents attempted to secure signatures for a referendum that would essentially nullify the City's land use ordinances, but failed.

In an effort to head off further attempts at initiatives by marijuana dispensary proponents, the City Council approved a motion in February to prepare an ordinance for the June 5, 2018 ballot to regulate cannabis sales and taxation in Pasadena.

The proposed ordinance for Pasadena, if approved, would allow three types of licenses - retail, cultivation, and lab testing.

There would be a maximum of six retailers allowed within the City at any one time, and no more than one retailer within any one Council District. The retailers may not be located within 1,000 feet of any other cannabis retailer, and may not be located within 600 feet of any residential zone, or Cannabis lab, or within 600 feet of any park, K-12 school, church, childcare center, substance abuse center, or library. See the Draft Cannabis Location Map. Based on the approved map there will be a few blocks in District 7 just west of Lake Avenue along the south side of Colorado Boulevard where a shop could operate.

The Council also approved a proposed tax regulation formula for the cannabis retail outlets.