Santa Rosa leaders OK cannabis dispensary over school district’s objection

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A cannabis dispensary can open down the street from a Santa Rosa charter school after City Council overruled an objection to the proposed pot store from Sonoma County’s largest school district.

The B Kind cannabis store, financed and managed by NorCal Cannabis Co., is slated to open later this year at 1128 Sonoma Ave. — 685 feet west of the Santa Rosa French American Charter School.

It was the first time the City Council took action on a specific cannabis dispensary appeal since Santa Rosa’s marijuana ordinance took effect in January 2018, following the legalization of recreational marijuana cultivation, sale and use in California. The city school district had appealed in December to try to block B Kind, after the city Planning Commission approved the dispensary the month before.

Sacramento attorney Jim Traber, speaking on behalf of Santa Rosa Public Schools, said Tuesday that the extra 85 feet that allows B Kind to comply with the local cannabis ordinance was inconsequential.

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