Since being denied a permit by the city to open his cannabis store, Dodd, co-founder and CEO of Sweet Flower, a chain of boutique L.A.-area pot dispensaries, has poked and prodded Pasadena City Hall.
He’s used the courts, bluntly written official letters, complaints, the city’s public comment platforms, and forged ties with local residents to hang onto a vision: opening a dispensary in one of the more tightly regulated cities in the nation. At stake? Tens of millions of dollars.
Martin Gordon, chair of Pasadena Community Coalition, visits with Tim Dodd, CEO and co-founder of Sweet Flower, as he works to get locals hired during the cannabis retailer’s job fair in Pasadena on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Sweet Flower holds a job fair in Pasadena on Friday, July 9, 2021. The cannabis retailer is trying to get permits to operate in Pasadena and Culver City. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
From left, Tim Dodd, CEO and co-founder of Sweet Flower, and his staff Tom DeGore, Lauren Banuelos, Desiree Medina, Seinne Fleming and Blake Thomas pose during the cannabis retailer’s job