The Sonoma City Council was faced with two questions about allowing a second cannabis dispensary in town — one difficult, one easy. The easy one was a single-digit revision to the municipal code changing the number of retail dispensaries allowed from one to two – “probably one of the shortest ordinances I’ve ever written,” said Planning Director David Storer.
The resolution to change the number of retail dispensaries in the municipal code from one to two – without changing any of the other four allowed cannabis business limits – passed 4-1, with Madolyn Agrimonti against. It will likely come back at the next meeting for a consent calendar approval, and go into effect in mid-May.
The other question was how to select that second dispensary operator, whether from the previous applicants of last year’s process, or opening it up to other applicants through a new process altogether.
Storer and his staff had come up with four possible options for finding that second dispensary operator. One would be to return open up a new RFP (request for proposal) and evaluation process that would follow the 2020 procedures to review a new slate of applications.
Two other proposals would be to contact