Pasadena's 2nd Marijuana Dispensary Opens for Business – Pasadena Now

Essence marijuana dispensary, 908 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, pictures in an undated photo provided by the company.

Pasadena’s second legal marijuana dispensary opened for business on Wednesday, with the first day’s profit’s to be donated to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Minority Small Business Initiative, the company announced.

The new Essence Cannabis Dispensary location at 908. E. Colorado Blvd., operated by Green Thumb Industries, marks the company’s 53rd retail store nationwide, but its first endeavor in California, Green Thumb said in a written statement. The company has stores in 11 states.

The store was slated to open Wednesday, followed by a “guest appreciation-focused grand opening on March 20,” according to the statement. “Profits from March 10 and March 20 will be donated to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation with funds earmarked for the organization’s Minority Small Business Initiative which offers support to minority and women-owned businesses.”

Green Thumb Founder and CEO Ben Kovler said the company’s expansion into Pasadena represented a “milestone.”

“We respect the decades of progress in California and the operators that have worked diligently to create access to cannabis and well-being throughout the state,” he said. “We know our activities are made possible because of

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