Pasadena releases cannabis application selection results

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The City of Pasadena announced Wednesday that six commercial cannabis permit applicants have completed the first step in their application process, and could soon submit Conditional Use Permit applications and other key documents necessary to open pot shops.

The applicants are Integral Associates Dena, Tony Fong, the Atrium Group, Harvest of Pasadena, SweetFlower Pasadena and MME Pasadena Retail.

“We would like to recognize and congratulate the six top-scoring applicants who completed a very comprehensive process,” City Manager Steve Mermell said in a statement.

The applicants were reviewed by Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates, an independent municipal consulting group offering cannabis consulting services. Applications were scored by HdL, with the highest six authorized to continue the application process.

Next, applicants will submit 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 Planning Commission will review applications.

Pasadena authorities will continue to close unlicensed dispensaries, with the help of City Attorney/City Prosecutor Office, the Pasadena Police Department, Code Compliance and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. To date, Pasadena has closed over 20 dispensaries, 11 in the last year.

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