Council goes local with cannabis dispensary choices – Sonoma West

Red Door Remedies, Quonset Botanicals to be awarded permits

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, community members raised their voices in favor of the local teams seeking to operate retail cannabis dispensaries — reminding council members that supporting local businesses has been a long-standing mantra in the community and that they should support Cloverdalians who help the city thrive.

At the end of a four-hour meeting involving three presentations, spirited public comments and tough questioning at times, the city council chose two teams with local roots to usher in the city’s first cannabis dispensary businesses.

Specifically, the city council voted to give direction to city staff to prepare a resolution for the March 27 council meeting awarding retail cannabis dispensary permits to Red Door Remedies and Quonset Botanicals.

Council member Gus Wolter introduced the motion, vice mayor Carol Russell seconded it and mayor Joe Palla also voted in favor; council member Melanie Bagby voted against and council member Mary Ann Brigham recused herself because she was with an applicant with Quonset Botanicals.

The three groups that made proposals and their locations were: California Wellness, a nonprofit medical cannabis dispensary submitted by Scott Perkins of San Rafael and Robert Elam of San Francisco, 124 S. Cloverdale Blvd.; Quonset Botanicals, whose principals are Cloverdale residents Mary Ann Brigham, Michael Brigham, S. Ipolani Bovee, Shawn Bovee and John Garland, 314 South Cloverdale Blvd., and Red Door Remedies, owned by Cloverdale residents Diana Schraner and Jammie King, 1215 A. South Cloverdale Blvd.

As Cloverdale City Manager Paul Cayler said, “This is the main event tonight. We worked very hard to put together a detailed staff report to make it easy to digest for the council and the community. Everything we’ve done for the past year has built up to this point where we are

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