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.
“Kids at the school won’t be measuring the difference. They’ll be feeling the impact just the same,” Traber said.
Nick Caston, a cannabis consultant speaking on behalf of B Kind, said the dispensary was complying with all state laws and local rules. He urged council to “reject the premise” that cannabis retailers pose some sort of negative effect.
Council members expressed support for the city’s ordinance when it came to buffers between pot shops and K-12 schools and for giving a sense of stability to cannabis retail operators who adhere to Santa Rosa’s rules.
The council Tuesday also decided a divisive case between two aspiring Roseland pot retailers that drew dozens of people to City Hall and denied a less controversial appeal stemming from south Santa Rosa.
Central to all three disputes is Santa Rosa’s prohibition on dispensaries operating within 600 feet