By Chris Rooney
Despite getting approval from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in September, a proposed pot dispensary in southern Glen Ellen is now facing a legal challenge.
A group called Protect Our Sonoma Valley Family Neighborhoods (POSVFN) filed suit last week, claiming the supervisors violated a number of zoning issues for the project at the Loe Firehouse, located at Arnold Drive and Madrone Road.
“The group feels strongly that the board of supervisors has an obligation to protect Sonoma Valley residents by enforcing their published zoning codes and traffic guidelines regarding cannabis facilities within a 99%-dominant residential community,” POSVFN’s attorney, Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, asserted in a prepared statement.
In a move that could slow down or potentially derail the proposed dispensary, POSVFN is asking county officials to rescind the dispensary’s approvals and to conduct an environmental impact report (EIR).
John and Samantha Loe (formerly John Lobro and Samantha Smith) applied for the retail cannabis shop four years ago. Approved earlier this year, it was confronted by a POSVFN appeal that was determined to be invalid by county officials — all of which leads to the current suit.