Concerns expressed last week at a community meeting about a proposed cannabis dispensary in Kenwood include safety, intoxication and exposure to children – but by far the greatest worry among neighbors is parking and traffic.
Held in the space the cannabis dispensary – Sonoma’s Finest – is now renting and will occupy if its permit is approved, more than two dozen people filtered in and out of the meeting, some listening, some voicing concerns, some offering suggestions, some enjoying the provided pizza.
“We walked in with the intent to learn,” said Jazz Toor, one of the dispensary owners. “Business is built by listening.”
Three of the owner-operators who were there – Toor, Jerred Kiloh and David Cook (not the Sonoma City Councilmember) – said they were pleased with the turnout, which was more than double the 10 who’d RSVP’d to the meeting invitation.
Sonoma’s Finest is located at 8910 Highway 12 in the Kenwood Village shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Orpheus Wines. The space has been vacant since Orpheus left shortly after the 2017 fires.
Its location is the main rub with residents. The space is next to the post office where residents pick up their mail because they do not have home delivery service in Kenwood. Speakers said they are worried that there won’t be any parking spaces available because they think cannabis customers will fill the spaces.
That potential problem, said the dispensary owners, can be prevented by marking spaces with signs designating the post office spaces for postal customers only, and educating the dispensary customers on where it is OK to park.
The owners are willing to be flexible with a number of other operational matters such as the hours of business, allowing tours, which of the two doors to the space customers can