With a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a new Roseland cannabis outlet put forward by two Sonoma County businesswomen but opposed by some neighbors, community groups and Latino youth and student organizations.
The plans call for a 17,120-square-foot cannabis growing operation paired with on-site processing, sales and even a consumption lounge where customers can indulge in edible marijuana products, but not smoke it. The building is the former Sebastopol Avenue campus for Roseland University Prep, just west of the railroad tracks.
Representatives for the project, including business co-founder Nayeli Rivera, have touted it as an economic boon for the area and a new opportunity for the school site, which has sat vacant for 19 months.
But students and graduates of the relocated charter school were among the allied opponents contending the marijuana business was an unwanted imposition on southwestern Santa Rosa, a predominantly Latino area of the city.
The project was advanced in September by the Planning Commission in a 6-0 vote. The appeal to the council by opponents was supported by members of MEChA, a Latino student advocacy organization and the Latinx Student Conference.
“Our voices here are not being taken into consideration at all,“