[UPDATED] The Los Angeles County Registrar final week validated 9,138 signatures on an initiative that would legalize unlicensed, unconvicted and at the moment “illegal” marijuana dispensaries and thereby permit them to continue operations in Pasadena.
That is sufficient signatures to officially qualify the initiative for the March three, 2020 election.
If it had been to grow to be city law, the “People’s Initiative to Preserve the Current Operation of Non-Offending Industrial Cannabis Businesses” would add one more layer of complexity to an currently tangled industrial cannabis permitting method that has observed accusations fly and lawsuits filed.
Tonight the now-validated initiative goes just before Pasadena’s City Council exactly where, according to City Clerk Mark Jomsky, the Councilmembers are faced with 3 selections mandated by the State’s election code:
“Adopt the ordinance, with out alteration, at the Council meeting at which the certification of the petition is presented, or inside 10 days following it is presented, submit the ordinance, with out alteration, to the voters or direct City employees to prepare a report on the impacts of the proposed initiative measure inside 30 days of the certification of the petition.”
If the Council chooses to ask City employees to prepare a report on the impacts of the proposed measure on the city, that report ought to come back and be heard by the Council just before October 11.
That method ends with the exact same State requirement that, following the report is presented, the City Council “shall either adopt the ordinance inside 10 days or order an election.”
Published: September 16, 2019