Meet America's First Marijuana Mayor: Sebastopol's Robert Jacob

Wednesday was not a day to get things done for Robert Jacob. His first day on the job as the mayor of Sebastopol — a town of 7,500 in Sonoma County, with politics so left-wing that makes Berkeley seem that liberal — was chock-full of meetings that were interrupted by a barrage of calls from big media outlets.

Jacob's selection as mayor during Tuesday's City Council meeting (Sebastopol's chief executive is selected from its part-time council members) is newsworthy, not because he's Mexican-Iranian or gay (which would be news in 99 percent of the rest of America). It's news because Jacob, 36, runs two medical cannabis dispensaries.

In other words, Jacob is considered the highest office-holder in the United States involved in the marijuana industry.

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