Over the last year, the city of Pasadena held several community meetings to vote on rules and regulations for the sale of commercial cannabis. City regulations are allowing a total of 14 potential cannabis businesses. The city is allowing a total of six retail cannabis permits, four cultivation permits, and four testing laboratory permits. The application period for licensing is open from January 1st through January 31st, 2019.
Applicants will have to pay a non-refundable application fee, then they will have to apply for a Conditional Use Permit. Once the application period closes, applications will be reviewed by March 31st, and top applicants will be notified by April 15th. They are not requiring applicants to have a property secured for the initial application. Applications can only be submitted through the online portal.
Top applicants are expected to apply for city land use permits by spring of 2019 and obtain city license and permits by end of summer 2019. The initial screening application fee for the city of Pasadena is $13,654. These fees are used to cover the costs of the city to prepare and implement the screening application process. Applicants are expected to provide a business plan to include a security plan, experience, and a description of how their business will be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
Zoning regulations will also impact where cannabis businesses can operate within the city. Cannabis retailers must not be within 1000 feet of another cannabis retailer and within 500 feet of any testing lab. No retailer can be located within 600 feet of any child-care center, K-12 school, church, substance abuse center, park, or library.
In addition to these zoning regulations, cannabis retailers must follow hours of operations enforced by the City of Pasadena. Retailers can be open to the public between 7:00 a.m and 10:00 p.m Monday through Sunday.