There was no pungent smoke in the air and no bold trappings other than a bunch of green and white balloons over the front door at the grand opening Sunday of Solful, liberal Sebastopol’s second medical marijuana dispensary.
A few dozen folks lounged and sampled snacks in the lobby of the clean, well-lit premises in a small retail center a block south of Sonoma West Medical Center, west county’s only hospital.
Behind glass doors opened only for those bearing physician-issued medicinal marijuana cards, the goods were displayed as neatly as if they were in a conventional pharmacy.
Eli Melrod, the newly minted cannabis entrepreneur, enthusiastically showed off his wares.
For the uninitiated, there’s a lot more to the cannabis trade than mind-bending weed.
To the right, Solful’s retail room displays topicals, creams and salves applied to the skin and intended to relieve pain, including arthritis, along with sublinguals, tinctures placed under the