Cannabis Regulations

PROJECT UPDATES
CANNABIS PERMIT APPLICATION

March 9, 2020 –  The Cannabis Permit Application and Supplemental Forms are available to top-scoring retailer applicants that have obtained approval of a Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer permit.

Cannabis Permit Application and Supplemental Forms

STATUS UPDATE ON CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: CANNABIS RETAILER APPLICATIONS

UPDATED March 27, 2020 –  The chart linked in the document below identifies the Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer applications that have been submitted to date and their status. Copies of the status letters sent to each applicant are available in the list below:

Application Status as of March 13, 2020

Status Letters sent:

  1. Status Letter for SweetFlower LLC
  2. Status Letter for Harvest of Pasadena LLC
  3. Status Letter for The Atrium Group LLC
  4. Status Letter for Varda
  5. Status Letter for Integral Associates Dena, LLC
  6. Status Letter for Integral Associates Dena LLC June 28, 2019
  7. Status Letter for SweetFlower LLC July 1, 2019
  8. Status Letter for SweetFlower LLC July 9, 2019
  9. Status Letter for SweetFlower LLC September 5, 2019
  10. Decision Letter for Harvest of Pasadena CUP #6757 – October 10, 2019
  11. Decision Letter for Harvest of Pasadena CUP #6757 – Revised October 15, 2019 (Condition #12 was clarified)
  12. Status Letter for MME Pasadena Retail – October 17, 2019
  13. Decision Letter for Integral Associates Dena, LLC CUP #6759 – October 28, 2019
  14. Decision Letter for Harvest of Pasadena, LLC Appeal - December 18, 2019
  15. Status Letter for Varda January 14, 2020
  16. Status Letter for Varda January 16, 2020
  17. Decision Letter for Integral Associates Dena - January 29, 2020

Redacted copies of the Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retail applications will be posted below:

  1. Harvest of Pasadena – Redacted CUP(Redactions revised as of 8/5/19. Refer to revised file #1 in the section below.)
  2. The Atrium Group LLC – Redacted CUP

REVISED – The CUP files below replace the files above and contain information which had been previously redacted. Files will be posted as the applicable redactions are completed. Note that some material cannot be posted on the website but is available in redacted form for review in-person.  If you wish to review in-person, please contact Guille Nunez at gnunez@cityofpasadena.net

  1. Harvest of Pasadena – REVISED Redacted CUP
  2. Integral Associates Dena, LLC CUP – Electronic Version Redacted
  3. SweetFlower Pasadena LLC – Redacted CUP
  4. SweetFlower Pasadena LLC – August 8, 2019 Redacted CUP
  5. Integral CUP application – Hardcopy Redacted
  6. The Atrium Group CUP applicaiton – Electronic Version Redacted
  7. Varda CUP application – Hardcopy Redacted
  8. Varda CUP application – Electronic Version Redacted
  9. MME Pasadena Retail CUP Application - Hardcopy Redacted
  10. MME Pasadena Retail CUP Application - Electronic Redacted
APPEAL APPLICATIONS FILED FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT DETERMINATIONS

UPDATED November 5, 2019 –  The documents and correspondence below pertain to the appeal applications filed for Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer approvals and disapprovals.

  1. Appeal of CUP #6757 Approval – filed by SweetFlower Pasadena
  2. Appeal of CUP #6757 Approval – filed by The Atrium Group
  3. Appeal of CUP #6758 Disapproval – filed by Integral Associates Dena, LLC

CORRESPONDENCE PERTAINING TO CANNABIS APPLICANT SELECTION

UPDATED September 18, 2019 – The following correspondence has been submitted to the City:

  1. Letter from Green Thumb Industries regarding Integral Associates Dena, LLC dated June 6, 2019
  2. Letter from The Brick & Rose, LLC dated June 17th, 2019
  3. Position Statement from WOW Health & Wellness, LLC
  4. Letter from The Atrium Group, LLC dated June 19, 2019
  5. Letter from Sweetflower Pasadena, LLC received June 19, 2019
  6. Letter from The Brick & Rose, LLC dated June 23, 2019
  7. Email from WOW Health & Wellness dated June 26, 2019
  8. Email from The Atrium Group, LLC dated June 28, 2019
  9. Email from The Atrium Group, LLC dated July 1, 2019
  10. Email from Damian Martin for WOW Health & Wellness dated June 30, 2019
  11. Letters from Christopher Sutton for The Atrium Group dated July 8th and July 12, 2019
  12. Email from Damian Martin for WOW Health & Wellness dated July 15, 2019
  13. Letter from Harvest of Pasadena dated July 10, 2019
  14. Email from Christopher Sutton for The Atrium Group dated July 3, 2019
  15. Email from Christopher Sutton for The Atrium Group dated July 19, 2019
  16. Letter from Christopher Sutton for The Atrium Group dated July 23, 2019
  17. Letter from Chris Berman for The Atrium Group dated August 18, 2019
  18. Claim No. 13,373 filed by The Atrium Group on August 19, 2019
  19. Claim No. 13,381 filed by The Atrium Group on August 28, 2019
  20. Claim No. 13,382 filed by The Atrium Group on August 28, 2019
  21. Letter from Chris Berman for The Atrium Group dated August 27, 2019

UPDATED July 12, 2019 – The following are the City’s correspondence to the applicants:

  1. Letter from City Manager Steve Mermell in response to The Brick & Rose, LLC dated June 20, 2019
  2. Letter from City Manager Steve Mermell in response to WOW Health & Wellness, LLC dated June 20, 2019
  3. Letter from City Manager Steve Mermell in response to Harvest of Pasadena dated June 25, 2019
  4. Letter from City Attorney in response to WOW Health Wellness LLC dated June 28, 2019
  5. Letter from Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez in Response to The Atrium Group July 2, 2019
  6. Letter to SweetFlower in Response to Appeal Request July 12, 2019
  7. Letter to The Atrium Group LLC in Response to Appeal Request July 12, 2019
  8. Letter to The Atrium Group LLC in Response to Appeal Request Pertaining to Harvest of Pasadena July 12, 2019
OTHER CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED BEGINNING JUNE 5, 2019

Updated December 12, 2019 – Refer to the emails linked below:

  1. RE Public Records Act Request for Application – City of Pasadena
  2. City of Pasadena Public Records Request Harvest Resp Letter
  3. Re Commercial Cannabis Application Selection Results for Retailers
  4. RE Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer 5
  5. RE Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer 4
  6. RE Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer 3
  7. Re Harvest License holder
  8. RE 3219 E COlorado Blvd, Pasadena
  9. RE Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer 2
  10. RE Arcade Miniature Golf Cannabis Lounge License Request
  11. RE Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer
  12. RE Approved Licensee
  13. District 7 Futures Academy
  14. Re Commercial Cannabis Space
  15. RE Library Definition Sensitive Use siting issue
  16. Question Pasadena retail
  17. Two Appeals Filed Today by Atrium Group LLC
  18. Pasadena Cannabis Applications Scoring Results
  19. RE Quick Question on Separation Requirements
  20. Zoning question
  21. CUP Process MME Pasadena Retail LLC
  22. Re City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results
  23. 3355 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena CA 91107
  24. NOTICE Public Records Act Request for Application City of Pasadena
  25. Commercial Cannabis Business Applicant Appeals in Pasadena
  26. RE Update on the Commercial Cannabis Application Process City of Pasadena
  27. 2nd Request
  28. Abuse of Process
  29. Cannabis List
  30. Conditional Use Permit Application
  31. CPRA
  32. CPRA Favoritism
  33. CUP Application
  34. CUP Applications
  35. Determination Letter and Broken Promises
  36. Failure
  37. Favoritism
  38. Filings
  39. FWD: CPRA
  40. FWD: CUP Applications
  41. FWD: News
  42. FWD: Public Records Act Request
  43. FWD: Public Records Act Request (2)
  44. FWD: Public Records Inspection
  45. Harvest CUP Application
  46. Harvest CUP Application (2)
  47. Harvest of Pasadena LLC
  48. Public Inspection
  49. Public Records Act Request
  50. Public Records Act Request (2)
  51. Public Records Act Request (3)
  52. Public Records Act Request (4)
  53. Public Records Act Request (5)
  54. Public Records
  55. Public Records Inspection
  56. RE: Cannabis List
  57. RE: CUP Application
  58. RE: CUP Applications
  59. RE: CUP Applications (2)
  60. RE: Determination Letter and Broken Promises
  61. RE: Favoritism
  62. RE: Harvest CUP Application
  63. RE: Harvest of Pasadena LLC Records
  64. RE: Info Request
  65. RE: Info Request (2)
  66. RE: Info Request (3)
  67. RE: PRA 11448
  68. RE: Public Records Act Request
  69. RE: Public Records Act Request (2)
  70. RE: Public Records Act Request (3)
  71. RE: Public Records Act Request (4)
  72. RE: Public Records Act Request (5)
  73. RE: Public Records Act Request (6)
  74. RE: Public Records Act Request (7)
  75. RE: Public Records Inspection
  76. Yet Another Omission
  77. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer
  78. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (2)
  79. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (3)
  80. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (4)
  81. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (5)
  82. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (6)
  83. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (7)
  84. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (8)
  85. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (9)
  86. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (10)
  87. RE: Instructions for Preliminary Submission of CUP for Cannabis Retailer (11)
  88. Urgent Request – Pasadena Cannabis Retail Permit
  89. Cultivation Application
  90. Question Regarding Retail Application
  91. Commercial Cannabis Space 2176-2183 E Colorado Blvd
  92. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results
  93. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results (2)
  94. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results (3)
  95. RE City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results
  96. RE City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Results (2)
  97. Cannabis Licensing
  98. Cannabis Licensing (2)
  99. Guille Nunez – Application Scoring
  100. Update on Cultivation Applications Awarded Licenses
  101. Cannabis Application Results
  102. Pot Store Pasadena Colorado
  103. Two Questions About 169 Colorado
  104. Retail Marijuana Stores
  105. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Selection Results
  106. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Selection Results (2)
  107. City of Pasadena Cannabis Application Selection Results (3)
  108. CPC Pasadena Detailed Score Breakdown
  109. Scoring Request – Cannabis Retail
  110. Arcade Miniature Golf Cannabis Lounge License Request
  111. Request for Scoring Breakdown and Copies of Cannabis Applications
  112. CUP Application – Deemed Complete Implication
  113. Sweetwater BZA Appeal
  114. Scoring
  115. CA Public Records Act Requests for Cannabis Applications and Related Records
  116. Harvest License Holder
  117. Question Regarding Marijuana Dispensary in Pasadena
  118. Application
  119. Arroyos Treatment Center
  120. CB-0519414831 Siva Pasadena Application – Request for Application Score Breakdown and Review
  121. Public Records & Score Breakdowns
  122. Update for Panamerican Ag Corp.
  123. Winning Applicants
  124. Request for the Top 6 Applications for Retail Dispensaries
  125. Zoning Question
  126. Pasadena Cannabis Retal Application CD6
  127. Zoning Question8.7.19
  128. yet another omission 7.18.19
  129. Re public records inspection7.22.19
  130. Re public records act request 7.3.19
  131. Re public records act request 6.13.19 No 2
  132. Re Public Records Act Conflict of Interest 3
  133. Re Public Records Act Conflict of Interest 4
  134. Re Public Records Act Conflict of Interest 2
  135. Re Public Records Act Conflict of Interest 1
  136. Re determination letter and broken promises 7.17.19 No 2
  137. Re cup applications 7.22.19
  138. Re cup applications 7.11.19
  139. Re CUP application 7.17.19
  140. public records inspection 7.17.19
  141. Public records act request for HdL documents
  142. public records act request 7.26.19
  143. Public records act request 8.21.19
  144. Public Records Act Request 8.20.19
  145. Public records act request 8.13.19
  146. public records act request 8.10.19
  147. Public records act request 8.8.19
  148. public records act request 8.8.19 No 2
  149. Public records act request 8.7.19
  150. Public Records Act Request 7.8.19
  151. public records act request 6.13.19
  152. Info Request
  153. harvest license Revoked
  154. Harvest CUP application
  155. Fwd Public records act request 8.7.19
  156. Fwd public records act request 7.20.19
  157. Fwd Public Records Act Request 7.19.19
  158. false statements from city staff to you and the public 7.17.19 email and attachment
  159. document inspection 8.5.19
  160. Inaccurate and Misleading Video
SUMMARY OF CANNABIS-RELATED REQUESTS RECEIVED PURSUANT TO THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (CPRA)

October 11, 2019 (UPDATED) - The summary list of cannabis-related requests received by the Planning and Community Development Department pursuant to the California Public Records Act (CPRA) has been moved to a new page. Click here or click the link below to view the summary list. Refer to the new page for updates.

Cannabis-Related Public Records Requests

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT: CANNABIS RETAILER RULES & REGULATIONS

June 20, 2019 – A meeting was held June 12, 2019 with staff and representatives for the 6 top-scoring applications. At this meeting, each representative was provided the ‘Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer’ application forms and staff provided an explanation of the submission requirements and the application process. The following document contains the rules and regulations promulgated for the Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer application. (Refer also to Addenda 1)

June 27, 2019 Addenda 1 to the Rules and Regulations promulgated for the Conditional Use Permit: Cannabis Retailer application is available below.

Rules and Regulations for Retail Cannabis CUP
Addenda 1 – Rules and Regulations for Retail Cannabis CUP
REDACTED APPLICATIONS FOR RETAIL CANNABIS APPLICANTS

UPDATED October 30, 2019 – The redacted applications and score sheets for the six top-scoring applicants for commercial cannabis are now available.  These applications have been reviewed and information that is exempt from disclosure has been redacted. Redacted information includes: personnel, medical or similar files pursuant to Government Code Section 6254 (c) and Article I, Section I of the California Constitution;  information required from any taxpayer in connection with the collection of local taxes that is received in confidence and the disclosure of the information to other persons would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to the  person supplying the information pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(i); and, statements of personal worth or personal financial data required by a licensing agency and filed by an applicant with the licensing agency to establish his or her personal qualification for the license certificate or permit applied for pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(n).

  1. Integral Associates DENA LLC – Redacted App
  2. Tony Fong – Redacted App
  3. Atrium Pasadena LLC – Redacted App
  4. Harvest of Pasadena – Redacted App
  5. SweetFlower Pasadena LLC – Redacted App
  6. MME Pasadena Retail – Redacted App

Redacted applications for the remaining 116 retail cannabis applicants will also be made available on this page and will be posted below as they are completed. These applications have been reviewed and information that is exempt from disclosure has been redacted. Redacted information includes: personnel, medical or similar files pursuant to Government Code Section 6254 (c) and Article I, Section I of the California Constitution;  information required from any taxpayer in connection with the collection of local taxes that is received in confidence and the disclosure of the information to other persons would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to the  person supplying the information pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(i); and, statements of personal worth or personal financial data required by a licensing agency and filed by an applicant with the licensing agency to establish his or her personal qualification for the license certificate or permit applied for pursuant to Government Code Section 6254(n). Refer to the list below:

7.  The Brick & Rose REDACTED APPLICATION
8.  CPC of Pasadena LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
9.  JCP Ventures, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
10.  10 Spot, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
11.  StarbudsCA LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
12.  The Artist Tree II, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
13.  Idyllwild REDACTED APPLICATION
14.  Rose Gold Collection LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
15.  7PG Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
16.  Strategic Star Properties REDACTED APPLICATION
17.  Coastal Retail Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
18.  Sam S. Sadis REDACTED APPLICATION
19.  Pasadena Retail LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
20.  Adam S. Knopf and Micah P.  Anderson REDACTED APPLICATION
21.  Three Habitat Consulting Holdco, Inc REDACTED APPLICATION
22.  MM Development CA, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
23.  TGIG, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
24.  Blooming Organics LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
25.  Tychee, LLC Pending
26.  LP COLA Pasadena LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
27.  ASHE Pasadena LLC Pending
28.  Pasaflora, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
29.  Adelanto Air Expressway, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
30.  Element 7 Pasadena LLC Pending
31.  MED Enterprise, Inc. Pending
32.  MediFarm Pasadena REDACTED APPLICATION
33.  SOCA Farms LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
34.  Seaside Service Co., LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
35.  Rocky Road Pasadena REDACTED APPLICATION
36.  Verano Pasadena LLC Pending
37.  ARMPAS, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
38.  LA Beaut LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
39.  Pleasure Med LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
40.  The Growcery LLC Pending
41.  Agsol-Stem LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
42.  Aeon Pasadena, Inc REDACTED APPLICATION
43.  PASADENA WELLNESS REDACTED APPLICATION
44.  Siva Pasadena REDACTED APPLICATION
45.  Anthony Theiss Pending
46.  GW Retail Pasadena REDACTED APPLICATION
47.  Shadowbart & Company, Inc. Pending
48.  Pasa Canna, LLC Pending
49.  Regal Green Remedies, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
50.  JIVA LIFE LLC Pending
51.  Rose City Ventures, LLC Pending
52.  Northstar Equities Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
53.  OCG‐CA‐Retail‐C‐Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
54.  Bonavento Investment & Management  Company, LLC Pending
55.  Ikanik Farms, Inc. Pending
56.  WOW Health and Wellness, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
 SMART MED SOLUTIONS Pending
58.  Black Rose Bioligique REDACTED APPLICATION
59.  Stay Lifted Pasadena, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
60.  Anna Blazevich and Michael Blazevich REDACTED APPLICATION
61.  Budberry 2 LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
62.  Monex Place Wellness, Inc. Pending
63.  C2C Ops, LLC Pending
64.  Western Erudite Ventures REDACTED APPLICATION
65.  Shango Pasadena Pending
66.  ROSE CAPITAL VENTURES, INC Pending
67.  From The Earth, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
68.  NUG Pasadena (Ca Corporation To Be  Formed) Pending
69.  P&S VENTURES LLC Pending
70.  MMR Books, LLC Pending
71.  DTC ORGANIC ROOT CORP Pending
72.  Ocean Green Management LLC Pending
73.  UL Pasadena LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
74.  ERBA PASADENA LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
75.  Green Goddess Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
76.  WellSpring LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
77.  Newcorp Inc. Pending
78.  Green Earth Vitality Corporation REDACTED APPLICATION
79.  Kyle Ryan REDACTED APPLICATION
80.  Cali Cannabis Care REDACTED APPLICATION
81.  The High Note, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
82.  The Honey Pot Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
83.  Chrysalis Pasadena, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
84.  NMG Pasadena, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
85.  Five Elements Capital LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
86.  Relief Tree, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
87.  The Pasadena Lighthouse, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
88.  Malibu Gold, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
89.  Preferred Environmental Advocates,  LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
90.  G.T.L CA, LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
91.  Canna Centauri, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
92.  SCSA Group REDACTED APPLICATION
93.  OWEN FARM COMPANY REDACTED APPLICATION
94.  DR. Greenthumb of Pasadena REDACTED APPLICATION
95.  Frisque REDACTED APPLICATION
96.  Emerald Spectrum Holdings Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
97.  TSLMP LLC Pending
98.  Urban Buds Pasadena, LLC Pending
99.  Cornerstone Wellness LLC. REDACTED APPLICATION
100.  KINDRED COLLECTIVE, LLC Pending
101.  Budee, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
102.  PASVENTURES LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
103.  Gabrilino Trail LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
104.  Green Rose City REDACTED APPLICATION
105.  GreenDot Enterprise, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
106.  Fahed Sayegh, Samir Sayegh, Jeremy   Thomas, David Abovian REDACTED APPLICATION
107.  Lemesh, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
108.  FAMJ Group REDACTED APPLICATION
109.  Greendale Cannabis Pending
110.  Kings Republic REDACTED APPLICATION
111.  Carte Blanche Holdings, LLC. REDACTED APPLICATION
112.  La Fiore D’Oro REDACTED APPLICATION
113.  Habib Rene Shbeyer REDACTED APPLICATION
114.  Marianna Sadikyan REDACTED APPLICATION
115.  Mother Earth Wellness LLC Pending
116.  Viridian Ventures, Inc. REDACTED APPLICATION
117.  TST ENTERTAINMENT INC REDACTED APPLICATION
118.  Luna June LLC REDACTED APPLICATION
119.  Kijani Patients Collective, LLC. REDACTED APPLICATION
120.  Bonelli Corp REDACTED APPLICATION
121.  M.E.C.A INC REDACTED APPLICATION
122.  Volki Group, Inc. Pending
JUNE 5, 2019 - APPLICATION SELECTION RESULTS FOR RETAILER PERMITS

JUNE 5, 2019 – The City of Pasadena has completed the review and scoring of applications received for commercial cannabis retailer permits. The following are the six top-scoring applicants:

Applicant Name Points Possible Points Awarded Score
1 Integral Associates Dena, LLC 1,575 1,492 94.73%
2 Tony Fong 1,575 1,473 93.52%
3 The Atrium Group, LLC 1,575 1,468 93.21%
4 Harvest of Pasadena, LLC 1,575 1,467 93.14%
5 SweetFlower Pasadena, LLC 1,575 1,465 93.02%
6 MME Pasadena Retail, LLC 1,575 1,459 92.63%

“We would like to recognize and congratulate the six top-scoring applicants who completed a very comprehensive process,” states City Manager Steve Mermell.  Mr. Mermell added that future retail dispensaries will have appropriate design review and conditions to guard against impacts on surrounding uses and added, “I was pleased with the high-level of sophistication, experience and expertise demonstrated by the top-scoring applicants and look forward to a positive relationship between future permitted dispensaries and our community.”

Applications for all three categories of commercial cannabis permits—retailers, testing laboratories and cultivators—were accepted from January 1, 2019 until January 31, 2019. Of the 128 applications received, 122 applications were for the ‘Retailer’ category. Applications were thoroughly reviewed by Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates (HdL), an independent municipal consulting group offering cannabis consulting services. Applications were scored by HdL according to the City of Pasadena Commercial Cannabis Permit Application Review Criteria, which consist of four primary categories with a total of 28 specific sub-criteria. Linked below is a complete list of all retail applicants and their scores, which will be maintained by the City for a period of 12 months and may be used to identify potential future operators.

The adopted marijuana regulations allow up to a maximum of six retail operators. The next steps for the top-scoring retail applicants are to submit a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application and supplemental commercial cannabis information, including verification of a lease or ownership  location that complies with the required distance separation requirements of the City’s commercial cannabis ordinance, a security plan and community benefits plan. The CUP applications will be evaluated and reviewed by the Planning Commission. The City continues to proactively deter unpermitted dispensaries through a multi-departmental enforcement effort comprised of the City Attorney/City Prosecutor Office, the Pasadena Police Department, Code Compliance and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. To date, the City has closed over 20 dispensaries, 11 in the last year.

We anticipate concluding the review, scoring and identification of the top-scoring applicants for the categories of ‘Testing Laboratories’ and ‘Cultivators’ within the next few weeks. The City is actively working on placing all public information-related documents related to each application on the City website within the coming weeks.

The final application scores for commercial applicants is linked below.  Application scores and rankings are final and there is no appeal process.

Cannabis Application Results – Retailers
MARCH 15, 2019 - UPDATE ON APPLICATION REVIEW STATUS

MARCH 15, 2019 – The application window for the City’s commercial cannabis program closed January 31st, 2019. A total of 128 applications were submitted of which 122 applications were submitted for retail licenses, 3 for testing laboratories licenses and 3 for the cultivator licenses.

The applications are currently being reviewed. Upon completion of the application review and scoring, the top applicants for each permit type will be invited for an interview to further clarify the submitted materials.  Applicants with the highest scores following both the review of applications and the interview will be identified to submit an application for a land use approval to receive a commercial cannabis permit.

Interviews are anticipated to occur in June, 2019.  Up to date information will be available on this page.  Questions and inquiries may be directed to: marijuanaregulations@cityofpasadena.net.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Frequently Asked Questions

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On June 5, 2018, Pasadena voters approved Ballot Measures CC and DD.  Measure CC allows a limited number of cannabis (marijuana) retailers, cultivators, and testing labs to operate within specific zoning areas in the City.  Measure DD levies a business license tax on commercial cannabis businesses of up to $10/canopy square foot (for cultivation) and between 4-6% of gross receipts (for retail sales).

The application filing period is now closed. Applications were accepted January 1, 2019 until January 31, 2019. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Up to six (6) retailers, four (4) cultivation sites, and four (4) testing labs will be permitted to operate at any one time in Pasadena.

A DRAFT map is available for potential retail locations. This draft map is provided for reference only but is not intended to be comprehensive or reliable for the purpose of securing a site. Potential retail sites are subject to the distance separations and zoning restrictions outlined in Pasadena Municipal Code Section 17.050.066, linked at the bottom of this page, and such sites will be verified for compliance with the ordinance upon submission of the use permit application. Only the top candidates will be selected to submit the use permit application. The draft retail cannabis zoning map is available here:

DRAFT Cannabis Retailer Map - December 6, 2018

No.  A commercial cannabis permit is required prior to opening any cannabis business in Pasadena.  Furthermore, a commercial cannabis license issued by the State (Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis, or the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch) is also required prior to opening.

Applications are no longer being accepted.
The materials listed below are available for reference purposes only.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
January 30, 2019 - Questions & Responses (Part 4)

JANUARY 30, 2019 –  Due to recent inquiries on the application and application process, additional ‘Questions & Responses’ are now available below.

Questions & Responses (Part 4)
January 25, 2019 - Questions & Responses (Part 3)

JANUARY 25, 2019 – Due to recent inquiries on the application and application process, additional ‘Questions & Responses’ are now available below.

Questions & Responses (Part 3)
January 16, 2019 - Questions & Responses (Part 2)

JANUARY 16, 2019 – Due to recent inquiries on the application and application process, additional ‘Questions & Responses’ are now available below. Also, please note that the ‘Application Review Criteria’ has been revised to correct an error in the calculation for Section 3.

Questions & Responses (Part 2)
December 31, 2018 - The Commercial Cannabis Application Submission Portal

DECEMBER 31, 2018 – The commercial cannabis application submission portal will be available at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2019 via the link below. Also available is the Applicant/Owner Information Form. Please refer to the three other application-related documents posted below on December 14, 2019.

Apply Online

Applicant/Owner Information Form (REVISED 1/3/2019)
December 14, 2018 - The Commercial Cannabis Application Materials (FINAL)

DECEMBER 14, 2018 – The commercial cannabis application materials are now available. Applications will be accepted online beginning on January 1, 2019. Please check back on January 1, 2019 for a link on this page to the application submission portal.

Screening Application Information Packet
Application Review Criteria (REVISED 1/16/19)
Questions & Responses
November 14, 2018 - 2018 Commercial Cannabis Application Workshop

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 – Watch the November 13, 2018 Commercial Cannabis Application Workshop

Workshop Presentation - November 13, 2018
The Commercial Cannabis Application Materials (DRAFT)

NOTE: The FINAL documents are available above in the tab titled “December 14, 2018  – The Commercial Cannabis Application Materials (FINAL)”:


DRAFT Screening Application Information Packet
DRAFT Review Criteria