Cannabis dispensary proposed for Kenwood
Local players in the cannabis industry are proposing to place a dispensary in the Kenwood shopping center which – like most anything having to do with the county’s cannabis program – is sure to spark a vigorous discussion.
Sonoma’s Finest 2.0, a partnership of five people with backgrounds in business, hospitality, marketing, and different facets of the cannabis industry, is asking the county for a use permit to open a retail dispensary in a currently vacant 1,900-square-foot space.
The location was formerly a wine tasting room, and has been empty for well over a year. It has two access points, a door that opens up on the shopping center’s courtyard area, and a door to the back parking lot.
The Kenwood shopping center is home to eight other businesses – a branch of the U.S. Post Office, four wine tasting rooms (Seamus, Ty Caton, Spann, and Fathia), Palooza Gastropub, Kenwood Village Market, and the Kenwood Press.
The dispensary has been a subject on local social media sites, with some Kenwood residents wary of the location, fearing possible traffic bottlenecks in the shopping center and Sonoma Highway, and safety issues. Some also wondered about a dispensary’s effect on the small-town character of Kenwood. Others said they wouldn’t have a problem with a dispensary at the proposed location.
“We want to be part of the community and add value,” said Jerred Kiloh, one of the project’s partners. Kiloh lives in Sonoma County, operates a dispensary in Los Angeles, The Higher Path, and is a founder and co-owner of Thrive Center for Birth & Family Wellness in Santa Rosa.
“We plan to run a high-end, upscale operation in a controlled, taxed, and regulated environment.”
Kiloh said he and his partners will host a community meeting within a month to answer any questions or concerns about the