Marijuana

Several residents of a North Pole neighborhood told Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members Thursday that they do not want a marijuana-growing business in the area. Their arguments swayed half the members, but that wasn’t enough to pass a measure that would’ve opposed state approval of a business license for the facility.


Fairbanks city voters turned down a ballot proposition Tuesday that would’ve authorized property tax increases to make up for reduced state funding.

Alaskans will go to the polls today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to elect local government representatives, including school board members. Fairbanks-area voters also will consider two controversial ballot propositions, one to outlaw marijuana businesses in the city or the borough, and another that asks city voters to allow higher property taxes to fill a budget gap left by state funding cuts.


Voters in Fairbanks and outlying areas will consider ballot measures Tuesday to outlaw marijuana businesses in the city and borough. Safe Neighborhoods Fairbanks members say the proliferation of those businesses near residential areas presents a growing threat to families. Marijuana advocates disagree. They say making pot illegal again would halt the industry’s economic benefits and bring back the bad old days when consumers got their pot from the black market.


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The commercial marijuana industry is increasing demand for electricity in the Interior. Golden Valley Electric Association membership includes 47 licensed marijuana growers, who paid the co-op more than a half-million dollars for power over the past year.


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Local elections like the one coming up on Oct. 3 are notorious for drawing low voter turnout. But observers say this year’s city and borough elections may be different, because the two marijuana-related propositions on the ballots are likely to draw more voters to the polls in what observers say will likely be a close election.


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Two weeks from tomorrow, city and borough voters will decide whether to outlaw marijuana-related businesses in the two jurisdictions. Advocates and opponents of the two ballot measures that would outlaw pot growing and sales have ramped up their campaigns in recent weeks. Some of the concerns and issues both sides raise were reflected in comments by Fairbanks City Council members last Monday as they considered an application to open a retail cannabis shop.


Pakalolo Supply Co

Alaska’s fist to be licensed marijuana business is having a good year. Pakalolo Supply in Fairbanks made Alaska’s first legal cannabis sale last fall, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross and reports, the family run business reports robust first year sales, despite limited raw product availability.

Fairbanks North Star Borough

Fairbanks area governments are working to develop a marijuana business licensing program.   Commercial marijuana becomes legal in Alaska next spring, and a local working group is preparing for growing, processing and retail operations in the Fairbanks-North Pole area.

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City of Fairbanks voters will consider a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana. The city council has approved putting the proposed retail tax before voters in the October municipal election.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the tax is an effort to tap unknown revenue from the new legalized marijuana business.

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