Sonoma dispensary license awarded to Sparc

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Sparc, a Santa Rosa-based cannabis company, will receive Sonoma’s lone business license to operate a storefront dispensary in the city limits.

The Sonoma City Council voted 5-0 at its Aug. 17 council meeting, held via the Zoom online platform, to award Sparc a conditional certificate for its proposed cannabis operations at 19315 Sonoma Highway, a site occupied by the recently closed El Gallo Pinto Mexican restaurant.

Under the city’s commercial cannabis ordinance passed in 2019, the city can issue only one license to operate a walk-in retail dispensary.

City officials began fielding proposals for the license in early January of this year and in June had winnowed its applicants down to two finalists: Sparc, which operates several dispensaries in San Francisco and Sonoma County; and Justice Grown, a dispensary proposed by Matanzas Alliance, a social equity group which runs dispensaries throughout several states, including California.

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