Despite having legalized recreational marijuana back in 2014, voters in certain parts of Alaska are going to the polls to vote on whether to ban marijuana within their communities. If the vote is successful, several dozen businesses would be shut down. Do you think this is a step in the wrong direction? Why do you think residents would be for this ban? Let is know in the comments below.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Voters in parts of Alaska are heading to the polls to decide whether to ban marijuana within their borders.
The statewide initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in 2014 allows local governments to ban cannabis growing, manufacturing, retail and testing businesses. Tuesday’s elections will affect Fairbanks, parts of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and parts of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, southwest of Anchorage.
If the measures are successful, several dozen businesses would have to close. Some in the industry worry that could embolden other communities to pursue bans or cause state lawmakers to consider rolling back legalization.
Cary Carrigan, with the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, called the votes a pivotal moment for the state’s cannabis industry.
Supporters of the bans say local residents deserve a say on whether cannabis shops should operate in their communities.