Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning For Fairbanks

ALASKA:  Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins

It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Borough planners presented ideas via PowerPoint, offering a glimpse into the kind of zoning ordinance the mayor is crafting.

Possible zones compatible with marijuana facilities are agricultural, commercial, industrial and general use, according to borough planner Kellen Spillman.

 

Walker Considers Delay In Legal Alaska Marijuana Sales

ALASKA:  Alaska Gov. Bill Walker will consider a 90-day delay in implementing a regulatory system for legal marijuana sales.

Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said a delay in implementing sales would not affect the date when recreational use of marijuana becomes legal under state law, but an extension on parts of a citizen initiative approved last month is “to make sure the regulatory infrastructure is properly in place,” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

In comments this week to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Walker responded to a question about how the administration would approach writing challenging regulations. He said he was told he could delay the process.

“I asked if we could do it for four years,” Walker said, joking. “I can put it off 90 days, but not four years. We’ll probably go the 90-day route. So that’s, you know, where we are.”