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Ketchikan Planning Commission to Consider Local Regulation of Marjuana Businesses


October 27, 2015
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - In November 2014, voters approved Alaska State Ballot Measure 2, providing for the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana in Alaska.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly established the Marijuana Advisory Committee in March 2015, to discuss the community policy and regulatory approach for dealing with the implementation of State Ballot Measure 2. Since March 2015, the Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee has held many public meetings and considered numerous options for local regulations of marijuana businesses in Ketchikan.

Based on the recommendations of the Marijuana Advisory Committee, on November 10, 2015, the local Planning Commission will be considering changes to the Borough Zoning Code (KGBC Title 18) which, if approved by the Borough Assembly, would regulate the commercial growth, manufacture, testing and sale of marijuana and marijuana products within the Ketchikan Borough.

The proposed ordinance would identify the areas in the Ketchikan Borough where marijuana businesses could be established, and would set permitted standards for those businesses.

Maps are available online showing the proposed Marijuana Control Board (MCB) restricted area buffers, and the proposed buffers associated with the Title 18 code amendment.

Following the Planning Commission's discussion on the topic, the draft ordinance will be forwarded to the Borough Assembly for consideration.

The public is invited to comment and attend these meetings. Comments may be sent via e-mail to


On the Web:

KGB Draft ordinance: Marijuana Legalization


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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