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News: 03/15/2018

Medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Glen Ellen



A use permit application has been filed with Sonoma County for a medical marijuana dispensary in Glen Ellen at the corner of Arnold Drive and Madrone Road.

The location is the site of a former Glen Ellen fire station (15499 Arnold Dr.), which was converted into a two-story office space some time ago. The property is zoned for commercial use, and is currently home to the Lotus Global Group.

GoodHarold LLC has an option to buy the property if and when the county issues a use permit for the dispensary. Then the property would be leased to Petaluma-based nonprofit Apothevert for a medical marijuana dispensary.

“Our foremost goal is to become an asset to our community, by providing a welcoming, comfortable place where all adult patient age groups, ethnicities, and backgrounds can safely obtain cannabis remedies recommended by their doctor, to treat both minor and serious medical conditions,” states the application, which runs 102 pages. “We expect to change this industry by elevating and professionalizing the patient experience.”

Apothevert has an all-female management team led by president Jani Friedman, a Harvard MBA graduate, and a health and wellness expert with over 30 years experience in retail merchandising, and brand and business development.

Over the course of the first year, according to the application, Apothevert plans to hire 14 employees to meet an average forecast of 150 patients a day.

The ground level of the building would be used for the dispensary, with a front entry room to check and confirm credentials. Once OK’d, patients would be buzzed into the dispensary floor through a locked door.

There is currently a 12-spot parking lot that patients would use.

Security plans include 24/7 coverage with security cameras, monitors and alarms both inside and surrounding the property. Odor control measures would be put in place.

The application says Apothevert’s location complies with county codes that require that it not be within 1,000 feet of any school, park, childcare center or drug or alcohol treatment facility.

However, the dispensary would be located within 100 feet of a residential zoning district, which county rules do not allow. Apothevert says it hopes to convince county planning officials that proposed seven foot fencing along Madrone Road would show, “that an actual physical separation exists between land uses or parcels such that no off-site impacts could occur.”

The application states that Apothevert may decide to sell live starter cannabis plants, clones and seeds. The dispensary will sell manufactured cannabis, including edible products, and vaporizing devices after getting a separate required permit from the county’s Department of Health Services.

There are currently no plans for a delivery service, but that might change depending on patient demand.

Proposed hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The use permit application, filed March 9, is currently being reviewed by other county and state agencies for comment. A public review and county hearing process will eventually take place. Anyone wanting a copy of the application should contact the county project planner, Crystal Acker at Crystal.Acker@sonoma.county.org, or call her at 565-8357.



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