Cannabis testing lab plans to come ahead of planning commission – Pasadena Now

On Wednesday, the Planning Commission will consider a conditional use permit for a 17,399 square foot cannabis testing lab in an existing commercial office building on Bellevue Drive.

“Encore Labs has submitted an application to operate a cannabis testing laboratory in a three-story, 17,399 square foot commercial office building located on the subject site,” according to a report from city staff.

Encore Labs proposes to use the majority of the first floor as dedicated lab space. Administrative offices for sales, marketing, finance and administration staff, as well as storage space, would be located on the second and third floors.

The proposed hours of operation would be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The second office building on the site will continue to be used as a one-story administrative office building by other tenants. The property contains thirty parking spaces which will be shared by tenants on site.

According to the staff report, Encore Labs is an existing non-compliant cannabis testing lab that currently operates at 75 N. Vinedo Ave.

The lab was established in 2017 before current requirements that require a conditional use permit.

They are the only cannabis testing lab in town.

Encore Labs has outgrown its current 6,000 square foot lab facility and is proposing to move its operations to 120 W. Bellevue Drive.

City documents show Encore Labs operated its existing lab without code compliance violations or complaints and maintained its state license in good standing.

“Although Encore Labs’ current lab at 75 N. Vinedo Avenue is legally non-compliant, moving to another location requires compliance with all applicable cannabis regulations,” according to a city staff report.

Regulations for Cannabis Testing Labs include Title 5 Compliance, Business License, Taxation, Annual Cannabis License, Safety Plan, Operating Standards, Fingerprinting and Benefits Plan community, etc. The lab must also comply with Title 8, Health Licensing and Health-Related Regulations, and Title 17, Zoning Regulations and Operating Requirements.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed on: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84145931656

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Aurora J. William