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Pasadena’s 2nd Marijuana Dispensary Set to Open for Business

Profits from 1st day to be donated to local charity

Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 9:34 am
Essence marijuana dispensary, 908 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, pictures in an undated photo provided by the company.

[Updated]  Pasadena’s second legal marijuana dispensary said it was planning to open for business on Wednesday, but a spokesperson said the company still needed several city permits before actually opening the doors to the public

The first day’s profit’s will 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 originally 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 them. It is also an honor to contribute to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation to support minority and women-owned businesses.”

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little welcomed the new business to town.

“Green Thumb is a very welcome addition to the local business community. Their commitment to Pasadena is evident in their eagerness to support our minority business community by devoting first-day profits from Essence Pasadena to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation,” Little said.

“Green Thumb is demonstrating a dedication to our community over the long term by supporting small businesses that do not necessarily have resources to invest in a Chamber membership that can bring assistance, resources and support for their growth and development,” he said.

Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, according to Essence.

More information on the company is available online at

Essence Pasadena offers pre-order for in-store pickup, curbside pickup and delivery. Customers can learn more by visiting


Second Legal Pasadena Cannabis Dispensary Set to Open

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