Sebastopol California's New Mayor Puts City On Medical Marijuana Map

CALIFORNIA: Left-leaning Sebastopol has elected Green Party candidates to the City Council, fought PG&E SmartMeters and declared itself a nuclear-free zone.

Now the city is the first in the nation to select a mayor with a background in the medical marijuana industry.

First-year councilman Robert Jacob, founder and executive director of marijuana dispensary Peace in Medicine, was unanimously chosen last week for the role by his peers on the City Council.

Jacob’s rise to political prominence says as much about Sebastopol’s progressivism as it does about the growing acceptance of marijuana in society, cannabis advocates said.

The 36-year-old mayor was elected to the City Council last year amid a backlash over a downtown CVS development. In 2007, he founded Peace in Medicine, a nonprofit collective with medical marijuana dispensaries in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. [Read more…]