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Sebastopol City Council candidate Jacob looks to make history

  • Robert Jacob, founder and executive director of Peace In Medicine, is running for Sebastopol City Council. (Christopher Chung / Press Democrat)

Robert Jacob, founder and executive director of two medical marijuana dispensaries, is running for the City Council in Sebastopol, where a pot business hardly raises an eyebrow.

Running the dispensaries might even be a positive, Jacob said.

“It will be a great plus,” said Jacob. “It is a testament to my ability to be a community builder and take a leadership role.”

And if Jacob, who runs Peace In Medicine, is elected, it may be a first in California for someone making a living in medical marijuana.

Jacob, 35, said his interest in community issues stems largely from his service on the city planning commission for the past year.

“Taking part in that, I have become more and more interested in the issues facing Sebastopol,” Jacob said. “I am happy with the direction that Sebastopol is going in, the walkability, the sustainable business development. I am really interested in continuing the trends for our city that have greatly improved the quality of life.”

Jacob's office is in Peace In Medicine, a nondescript building off to the side of Gravenstein Station. The only indication it might not be just an insurance office is a plain-clothed security guard on the porch talking into a lapel mic.

Jacob said he started Peace In Medicine five years ago because he saw a need in Sebastopol.

“I wanted to create something that would be a positive for the town and a healing center,” Jacob said.

Jacob also fashions himself as a successful business man. He runs an enterprise with 49 employees at dispensaries in Sebastopol and on Dutton Avenue in Santa Rosa, with annual revenues of $5 million.

Peace In Medicine is a mutual benefit corporation under California law, which gives it nonprofit status as an organization set up to serve its membership. It is only required to report the names of its officers and directors and its business personal property taxes.

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