Santa Rosa bans new cannabis operators in zone near West End neighborhood

Santa Rosa’s need for more housing edged out any chance of future cannabis businesses in a small industrial neighborhood near downtown and the SMART railroad tracks.

The City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a temporary ban on additional marijuana companies operating in the 30-acre industrial area, one viewed by planners and elected council members as ideal for the type of high-density, transit-oriented housing developments Santa Rosa wants to attract. The decision carves out less than a half percent of the total 10.3 million square feet of industrial space where cannabis businesses are allowed in the city.

It comes less than a month after the council, over the objection of housing developers, approved a medical marijuana cultivation project in the same area, off Maxwell Court near the city’s West End neighborhood.

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