It only took about half an hour for the Healdsburg City Council to make up their collective mind in choosing two out of eight applicants for cannabis business licenses in town. And, after a full year of process, eight months of application and review, an hour of presentations by the eligible candidates and 90 minutes of public comment, the council quickly decided to award the much sought-after licenses.
Asked by Mayor Ariel Kelley to name their three top candidates, the result was surprisingly uniform. All five council members listed JF Healdsburg, doing business as Jane, and 465 Retail, dba Solful, among their choices. Chris Herrod’s third choice was Mercy Wellness, while the other four—Ron Edwards, Evelyn Mitchell, David Hagele and Kelley herself—included Garden PARC, dba Sparc, in their selections.
With near unanimity among the electeds, Kelley cut to the chase and suggested the licenses be approved for Jane and Solful, and without much further debate the council unanimously voted to do so.