Fairbanks groups try to block pot businesses in borough

    As the Fairbanks North Star Borough continues to receive marijuana permit applications a number of groups are working to keep the businesses out of the borough.

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — As the Fairbanks North Star Borough continues to receive marijuana permit applications a number of groups are working to keep the businesses out of the borough.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a Salcha man has launched an initiative to get a question on the local ballot asking voters to stop marijuana commercialization and a strip mall condominium association has declared pot shops prohibited under its rules.

    The voter initiative is pending review by the borough clerk.

    The borough has issued more than 40 land use permits for marijuana businesses so far and six applications are pending. Most permits are for cultivation, though 11 are for marijuana stores.

    Local land use permits are contingent on the state granting licenses for the businesses.

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