PASADENA ( — If the Pasadena City Council gets its way, medical marijuana dispensaries will have to operate without water and power.

Owner Shaun Szameit says that could put “Golden State Collective” out of business.

“[It’ll] make it almost impossible for us to take care of our members,” Szameit said.

According to city officials nearly a dozen businesses are violating their ban on pot shops. Even though medical marijuana is legal in California, Pasadena’s zoning laws restrict them.

Officials say they fine the shops, but they keep on operating.  So the council unanimously voted to shut off their utilities.

Szameit says that’ll hurt the many patients he helps.

“I have thousands of Pasadena residents who are members of my collective and have various illnesses that are treated with cannabis,” Szameit said.

Pasadena City College student Allison Stutzka uses cannabis to treat her pain from endometriosis.

“It’s not really practical for a resident of Pasadena to have limited access to medical cannabis,” Stutzka says.

The Thukran family says they don’t want pot nearby for any reason.

“Kids do walk around here and if it’s easily available for them to look at it, it’s just curiosity,” Thukran said.

Szameit says he’s helping the area in many ways.

“I’m providing to the city’s tax base and I’m a good member of the community.”

The ordinance will be voted on next week and if passes will take effect in July.

Comments (3)
  1. Medical marijuana creates tax revenue, helps people get off of opiate based harmful pain killers, which is known by the Medical Association as the fourth leading cause of death with properly prescribed drugs. I see what state officials are trying to do in the city of Pasadena, because some of these dispensaries pose as ethical and are not.

    However, I urge the city of Pasadena to work with those very few dispensaries that are ethical and to allow them to continue to bring a better quality of life for people desperately in need. I can think of only 2 in the city of Pasadena that should be given serious consideration.

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