The Cotati Planning Commission voted April 7 against allowing a medical marijuana dispensary on East Cotati Ave. near Charles St.
In what the applicant’s attorney Lisa Gygax called a “ceremonial” vote, the commission voted 4-0 to deny the zoning clearance for a license application at the proposed location.
Cotati City Council passed an ordinance in August to allow one medical marijuana dispensary in the city. Dona Frank has been the only applicant thus far, using the name “Organic Care Center,” and Gygax says she’s been having nothing but problems with the city officials.
“It was bizarre,” said Gygax of the vote.
Commissioner Linell Hardy abstained because she owns property within 150 feet of the proposed site, but she would have voted to allow the dispensary.
Gygax said there were many comments on the corruption of youth by marijuana, including from members of the church across the street from the proposed location. “It is kind of weird when you see people piously get up and talk about the kids and there are all those bars in Cotati,” she said.
Senior Planner Marsha Sue Lustig said the proposed location just did not fit within the guidelines of the ordinance. Problems included lack of parking (there are only