In the war over legal weed in Pasadena, opposing sides are surprisingly advocating for the same thing.
It is illegal to operate a marijuana dispensary in Pasadena, although 13 currently are open for business, according to the online directory WeedMaps. Passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, however, has reopened the debate.
On one side is the City Council, which is advocating for a more restrictive approach that would allow six dispensaries in the city while simultaneously banning collectives and dispensaries that have been operating without a license. Officials have taken this tact as a preemptive strike against a possible ballot initiative with what they fear would be far more liberal policies.
On the other side is a citizens group known as Pasadena Patients for Safe Neighborhoods, which has thrown its support behind the businesses to which they’ve already grown loyal.
But Shaun Szameit, president of the Golden State Collective — one of the already-operating businesses at the center of the tussle — said on Friday that voters should approve the measure that City Council placed on the June ballot, even though his
Is a marijuana dispensary an “unlawful” business? A federal judge in Philadelphia will decide.
The dispute over language in the deed of a marijuana dispensary in Northeast Philadelphia could carry outsize implications. A ruling by U.S. District Judge Gene Pratter could affirm the superiority of federal law, which considers marijuana illegal, over state law, where in Pennsylvania and 29 other states it is not.
Pratter’s decision came Thursday in a strongly worded memo that described the case as “a fundamental clash between state and federal law.”
“The need to pursue certainty on the legal status of marijuana dispensaries looms large,” she wrote.
PharmaCann, an Illinois-based medical marijuana grower and retailer, has a permit to build a dispensary where a Mexican restaurant once stood. It bought the site on the periphery of the Philadelphia Mills shopping center for a reported $1.1 million.
But Philadelphia Mills’ owner, Simon Property Group, doesn’t want the dispensary there. Simon, which has no claim on the property, hasn’t explained why it’s opposed. But it filed a legal challenge against PharmaCann, claiming the property deed prohibits using the
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Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries are opening their doors across Maryland, transforming cannabis into canna-business.
But there probably isn’t one quite like Hi Tide.
Patients are greeted just inside the glass front doors by sales racks lined with everything from T-shirts to lighters and from baseball caps to coffee mugs — all emblazoned with Hi Tide’s beachy logo.
The display is about more than diversifying revenue, said Bob Davis, owner of the West Ocean City dispensary, which is tentatively set to open at the end of March or early April.
“Ideally, the vibe of the store is to be accessible,” he said. “I don’t want people to feel like they’re doing something wrong.”
Davis’ retail-oriented approach appears to be an outgrowth of the public’s increasingly changing attitude toward marijuana. While it remains federally designated as a Schedule 1 substance — on par with heroin and
By Emily Chesnic
COVENTRY — Sixty medical marijuana dispensaries are permitted in Ohio, and one likely is coming to Coventry.
At the March 8 regular meeting, the Coventry Township Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to a zoning text change to open the door to a dispensary in the community.
The approved text change adds a medical marijuana dispensary as a permitted use in a B-3 (General Business District) in the township.
However, a dispensary must apply for a conditional-use permit to operate, and that permit has to be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals, said Coventry Zoning Inspector George Beckham. Additionally, only one dispensary can locate in the township in accordance with the approved text change.
“The law the state passed seems to be very thorough. It covers setbacks and what we would call zoning requirements,” he said. “It also covers storage of product, what can be sold, required cash flow, training and licensing for employees and security.”
Ohio has legalized medical marijuana in various forms, not including the plant form, Beckham said.