Assembly votes down commercial marijuana cultivation ordinance

  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:24pm
  • News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a proposition that would have asked eligible voters outside of incorporated cities if the commercial cultivation of marijuana should be illegal in the borough’s unincorporated areas, following testimony from more than 90 residents.

Attendees were spilling out of the assembly chamber exits, waiting for their three minutes to speak in support or opposition to, what Assembly President Dale Bagley termed the “main event,” at Tuesday’s meeting.

Regulations for commercial marijuana cultivation facilities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s unincorporated areas will determined by state legislation.

Assembly members Kelly Wolf, Blaine Gilman and Stan Welles voted in favor of the measure.

The state’s initiative to legalize recreational use of the drug went into affect Tuesday. Language in the initiative allows for municipalities to regulate aspects of manufacturing, testing and sales of the product.

 

Reach Kelly Sullivan at kelly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion.com.

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