Lawsuit contends Healdsburg’s dispensary permitting process flawed – North Bay Business Journal

A marijuana dispensary that was not awarded a license to operate in Healdsburg is suing the city and the two marijuana dispensaries that were, contending Healdsburg’s application process was flawed and missed the mark when permits were granted last year.

Mercy Wellness’s lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in Sonoma County Superior Court, argues that Healdsburg should redo its permitting process to operate dispensaries in the city.

Healdsburg’s two permits were awarded in November to Jane Dispensary and Solful dispensary following a months-long application process that included Mercy Wellness and five other applicants.

Mercy Wellness believes, among other things, it lost out on a permit despite scoring better than the the two winners, Solful, which it says is operating outside of property boundaries and Jane Dispensary, which failed to provide a zoning clearance letter in its application.

“They should be disqualified,” Mercy Wellness Managing Director Brendon Levine told The Press Democrat.

In a statement released Tuesday, Healdsburg officials said, “At this time, the city has not been served with a lawsuit. If the city is served with a lawsuit, we will review and provide additional information as appropriate.”

Solful CEO Eli Melrod said that while he couldn’t comment on

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