We hope you had a good Holiday, all things considered. 🙂 Wishing you all the best on our way to the next!
As you may know, there is a controversy in Sonoma over whether or not we should permit 2 walk-in dispensaries in the city. We believe competition is a healthy part of any industry. It results in better prices, more product choices, higher quality products and innovative services. Consumers deserve no less.
So, let’s take a little trip in the Wayback Machine for this memory, courtesy of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, March 29, 2019.
I voted for two.
“Cannabis dispensaries: You’re either with ’em or against ’em.
That seemed to be the ‘big take’ behind our latest reader poll results – which found about 64 percent of our more than 150 respondents in favor of one or more dispensaries in town…”
Keep in mind, the poll did not distinguish between walk-in retail and delivery only. And, if you add up the percentages for TWO and MORE, it’s over 50%. Imagine now, a year and a half later, if residents were aware of how competition can benefit them and the city, and a new poll asked, “Should Sonoma allow two walk-in dispensaries?”. We think the results would favor two. The problem with the argument against two walk-ins is that there is none. If someone can make a reasonable case for why two walk-in dispensaries would *hurt* Sonoma, we would be happy to hear it.
It has been suggested that if the service area is really 35,000 people (11,000 within the city limits and another 24,000 in the rest of Lower Valley), then there should be one in the Valley. This argument was put to bed a long time ago. Supervisor Gorin will never permit a dispensary anywhere in the Boyes/El Verano/Fetters Hot Springs/Agua Caliente space. This is like being visited by the ghosts of councils past – David Cook and Gary Edwards are gone, why are we arguing this all over again?
By the way, maybe *someday* there will be a dispensary all the way out in Kenwood. Who’s up for diving into the Springs/Highway 12 traffic nightmare to motor all the way to Kenwood for a product or a service not offered by the sole permit holder in the city? Might as well reset your nav to Cotati.
Jewel Mathieson, in Spirit
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