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UPDATE: Valley of the Moon Collective was applying for a permit, however it has been open for some time.

The collective is among several medical marijuana dispensaries that opened during a time window when they didn’t need county-issued permits to operate. But now they do, hence the application.

However, it doesn’t appear to be an easy application process for the Highway 12 dispensary. From the Press Democrat’s Steve Hart:

(Collective) staff members who declined to give their names said Monday it serves many elderly patients, including people from the nearby Oakmont and Spring Lake Village retirement communities. They said there haven’t been any problems since it opened last fall.

But a medical marijuana dispensary doesn’t belong in the same building as a martial arts studio that caters to children, said Monica Miramontez, who owns Miramontez Family Taekwondo & Fitness Center, three doors down from the collective. About 60 children take her classes, she said.

Brian Dombrowski and Joy Jukherji submitted the collective’s application with the county to operate a 1,500 square foot business open six days a week, according to the Board of Zoning Adjustments agenda. It’s on Highway 12 in Kenwood near the fire house. The topic was open for public comment April 28 before the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments.

The board moved to postpone its decision until June:

Action: Commissioner Williams moved to continue the item to June 9, 2011 at 1:05 p.m. with direction to staff to prepare a resolution with Conditions of Approval for the Use Permit for a Level II Medical Cannabis Dispensary. Seconded by Commissioner Liles and passed with a 5-0 straw vote.

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