In 2019, Pasadena, California accepted business applications and rewarded 6 Cannabis Retail Licenses. Critics now say that the local regulators reviewing these applications have violated the process that they created.
Three independent scorers must score each cannabis application
Scores were then totaled and averaged
The top 6 applications will be rewarded licenses
HDL Companies, a cannabis tax consulting firm, was hired to oversee the application process. Applications show only one independent scorer’s signature, not three. The scores were then “reviewed,” and later signed, by the firm’s “marijuana compliance manager,” who was in contact with each team member during weekly conference calls, erasing any notion of scorer independence.
There are currently four lawsuits challenging the results of the application process and two city councilpersons have recently begun raising red flags about the city’s selection process.
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