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.