The Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room was filled with up to 200 people Tuesday evening, the vast majority for the same reason: to oppose two applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in West Marin.
Most of the three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the second of three convened by the county this month to let the applicants present their proposals to an advisory committee and take public comment, focused on the application for Forest Knolls Wellness, which would be located at 6700 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Scores of opponents, many wearing red NO! stickers, detailed their objections during a lengthy public comment session. The other group, Craftcanna Health Center, which hopes to call the Marshall Tavern home, took less time; still, public comment from residents was largely against it.
The county advisory committee is made up of Charles Dresow, a lawyer at a San Rafael law firm; Michael Frank, head of the Marin General Services Authority; Joseph Kreins, recently the interim chief of police in Novato; and Wendy Shearn, who works at Kaiser Permanente. The group will offer recommendations to the county administrator, who will decide which of the 10 license applications for Marin to approve.
The meeting came just two days after supervisors voted to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses for the time being. “That is a sign that the board is not interested in mixing recreational and medical. We’re looking for the best providers of medicine,” said Tom Lai, assistant director of the Community Development Agency.
Craftcanna argued that mission made it a good fit. Cabral Bonner, a Stanford lawyer and legal adviser for Craftcanna who largely led the presentation, said his group’s dispensary is “first and foremost about craft—small-batch high-quality medicine” for West Marin. They said they have no interest in recreational marijuana. “We’re focused exclusively and in perpetuity on medical,” he said.