Regulation protects public health and safety.
In an illegal market, there are no rules or regulations. Buyers aren't required to show ID to verify their age. Products aren't tested to ensure they are free of harmful contaminants. Local governments have no contol over how, when, and where marijuana sales take place. Regulation is not about promoting marijuana. It's about creating safeguards and oversight.
The illegal market, not marijuana, is the real "gateway."
Multiple scientific studies have debunked the myth that marijuana is a "gateway" to harder drugs. If anything, researchers believe that the illegal market — which offers access to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin — is the real gateway. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that states that allow legal access to marijuana have 25% fewer opioid overdoses than states with stricter laws.
Tax revenue from marijuana will help fund public health and safety programs.
A fully realized Pasadena cannabis retail environment will produce approximately $90 million a year in sales which will produce $3,600,000 in direct revenue for the General Fund.