Cannabis dispensary conflict continues – Sonoma West

School board president responds to critics

The conflict over the awarding of cannabis dispensaries continued at the April 10 Cloverdale City Council meeting, as members of the community spoke out about not awarding a commercial cannabis dispensary permit to Quonset Botanicals at the last council meeting.

The lack of approval was said to be due primarily to its location across the street from a middle school, even though the distance between the dispensary and the school complied with city and state legal requirements.

Comments were made prior to the start of the regular business meeting, when the public is given the opportunity to voice opinions about topics not on the night’s agenda.

Several people questioned why the school community waited so long to speak out against Quonset Botanicals’ proximity to Washington School, pointing out that their objections came after the council majority had decided on March 13 to award retail cannabis dispensary permits to two of the three applicants, Red Door Remedies and Quonset Botanicals.

A third application, from California Wellness didn’t meet what many perceived as the council’s go-local stance and Vice Mayor Carol Russell questioned its finances.

But at the March 27 council meeting, only Red Door Remedies was given the green light.

Preston Addison, president of the Cloverdale Unified School District board of trustees, read a letter (see page 5, this issue) in response to one that Quonset Botanicals’ owner Mary Ann Brigham wrote to the school board and appeared in the April 12 Reveille.

“I am here speaking personally tonight, to address a letter sent by council member Brigham to the school board. It was my ethical and moral duty as the board spokesperson to put the proposed location’s proximity to the school and future skate park on the table for your consideration. My duty to

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