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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