Marijuana

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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.

(Fairbanks, AK.) The Fairbanks North Star Borough is holding a public meeting tonight (Weds.) on proposed rules for marijuana businesses. Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins administration will be laying out a zoning ordinance governing what types of marijuana operations will be permitted, and where.

”Trying to lay down our idea of where the commercialization aspects; the growing, the manufacturing, testing and sales can be in our community, before people select the wrong piece of property where we say that’s not going to be allowed.”  

The Fairbanks City Council decided Monday to delay action on a proposal to add a provision in the city code to include complaints of marijuana smoke as a disturbing the peace charge. The council members decided to consider other types of odors that also could be included as nuisances.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has unanimously approved an ordinance to regulate marijuana use. Assembly member John Davies says the intent is to clarify the evolving state law legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Clearly, what we’re trying to do is to keep the peace by having clear rules, so the referee knows when to blow the while and when not to blow the whistle,” Davies said.

Alaskans can consume and possess marijuana as of today, but not in public, and last night the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance setting a hundred-dollar fine for violating that rule.


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