Pot ban fails in Fairbanks, Kenai Peninsula

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Voters overwhelmingly defeated two proposals that would have put a dent in the new recreational marijuana industry in Alaska.

    Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula decided not to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales.  Three years ago Alaskans voted to legalize the recreational use of the drug.

    About 70 percent of voters in both jurisdictions opposed the ban Tuesday.  If successsful, retail stores and cultivation facilities would of had to shut their doors within 90 days.  Supporters of the ban argued that zoning laws are too lenient and marijuana businesses are allowed too close to residential areas.  Supporters of marijuana claim it creates jobs and helps the economy.  In August the state collected nearly $700,000 in tax receipts from cultivators, the largest sum collected in one month since marijuana was legalized.




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