Alaska city officials shut out marijuana businesses

Alaska city officials shut out marijuana businesses

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) —City officials have taken steps to keep commercial marijuana out of Soldotna.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Soldotna City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday to direct city administrators to draft legislation that would ban marijuana establishments from operating within city limits.

The council had previously placed a two-year suspension on cannabis businesses, which temporarily prohibited them until Jan. 1, 2018. Mayor Pete Sprague says with this vote, city administrators will start to draft legislation to ban them, present it to the Planning and Zoning Commission and have it go through the public process.

Officials who opposed the move said they were not comfortable with controlling the lives and decisions of the residents of their small community.

Other council members say residents interested in marijuana can still purchase it throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough.