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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Robert Jacob Becomes Mayor In California

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A man who owns a medical marijuana dispensary is now the mayor of a California town and it’s believed he’s the first in the country to have that distinction.

NBC Bay Area reports that the Sebastopol City Council selected Robert Jacob as mayor on Tuesday in a unanimous vote. The 36-year-old Jacob is the founder and executive director of Peace in Medicine, which operates two dispensaries in Sonoma County.

"My life has been about service," Jacob said, according to the Huffington Post. "By addressing social problems such as homelessness, HIV/AIDS and access to medical cannabis, we can shape a better world for ourselves."

Before being chosen as mayor, Jacob had been on the city council for two years, and most recently was vice mayor.

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Jacob may be the first leader of the medical marijuana movement to hold the office of mayor.

"This historic, unprecedented vote in Sebastopol illustrates that the medical marijuana community has political strength and the influence to elect advocates to public office," Don Duncan, California Director with Americans for Safe Access, the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy group said in a statement.  "Although medical marijuana enjoys the support of 80 percent of Americans, Jacob's election as mayor of Sebastopol brings additional legitimacy to the patient community."

Sources: NBC Bay Area, Huffington Post