Sonoma’s lone dispensary license goes to Sparc

Sparc, a Santa Rosa-based cannabis company, will receive Sonoma’s lone business license to operate a storefront dispensary in the city limits.

The Sonoma City Council voted 5-0 at its Aug. 17 council meeting, held via the Zoom online platform, to award Sparc a conditional certificate for its proposed cannabis operations at 19315 Sonoma Highway, a site occupied by the recently closed El Gallo Pinto Mexican restaurant.

Under the city’s commercial cannabis ordinance passed in 2019, the city can issue only one license to operate a walk-in retail dispensary.

Are we happy about this? Sure, happy that the goal of so many, including Jewel Mathieson and Ken Brown, will be reached. But, are we happy about the specifics of this decision? No. For every argument made, there is a counter-argument.

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We Mourn the Loss of Cannabis Pioneer, Jewel Mathieson

So very sad to say we have lost a such a good, good friend, Jewel Mathieson. Jewel was an industry pioneer for compassionate care and one of the founders of the Sonoma Patient Group of Santa Rosa.

We here in the city of Sonoma, can take some solace in knowing that Jewel saw all our hard work, our 3-year battle, really, finally result in a “win” for a dispensary here in the city. Our little town is experiencing quite a loss.
Jewel was a powerhouse, so compassionate, always ready with a smile and a laugh, but when faced with injustice, could spit bullets that could wither any adversary, especially when it came to compassionate care or women’s rights. Her passion helped fuel my efforts.
But, it was the lives she touched, whether through her pioneering work in this field, or the wonderful poetry she birthed, or her nurturing spirit for all life, that will keep her in our hearts.
Jewel was blessed with a wonderful family who were at her side. Ken Brown has been a very lucky man indeed and my deepest sympathies go to him, his son and daughters, and all those closest to her.
May peace be upon her… 🙏❤️
Let’s let Jewel speak…We are so grateful for all she gave us…
time to remember to dance…❤️