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AK: North Pole Voters Just Say No To Marijuana Businesses

Katelyn Baker

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Fairbanks - Voters in North Pole outlawed marijuana businesses in the city's four square miles on Tuesday.

The vote was 158 in favor of the ban and 98 opposed.

"That's too bad," said City Councilman Santa Claus, who campaigned against the ban. "Speaking as a state-registered medical marijuana cancer patient, I am disappointed."

Proposition 7 made it to the ballot after Councilwoman Elizabeth Holm sponsored a petition to gather the required 75 signatures in the city of 2,138 people 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Holm said the goal was to make North Pole a refuge for people who don't approve of pot.

"Oh my gosh. That is amazing," Holm said when reached by phone and told the results. "This clearly states where the community stands."

A state law approved by Alaska voters in 2014 allows municipalities to decide whether they want to allow commercial cannabis in their communities.

North Pole is the first local government in the Fairbanks North Pole Borough to pose the question to voters.

The city of Fairbanks will have a commercial marijuana referendum in 2017. A ballot measure to outlaw commercial cannabis in the borough next year is pending. Final signatures were turned in on Monday to the borough clerk, who has 10 days to verify them.

Brandon Emmett, president of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, said he was not surprised by the vote in North Pole, one of the few areas in the borough that rejected marijuana legalization during the statewide vote in 2014.

The marijuana industry did not campaign vigorously against the pot business ban in North Pole, he said, focusing its resources in larger municipalities, such as the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

"Due to the results of the 2014 election, there were not as many resources allocated to the North Pole ballot measure," Emmett said.

Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on Tuesday were rejecting a ban on commercial marijuana operations.

Unofficial results showed the measure failing 5,867 to 7,004.

The measure sought to ban commercial marijuana businesses in the borough but outside of the cities. It would not have applied to industrial hemp operations.



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