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Limit black market, skunky smell

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:45 am

This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting had only one item on its agenda: a presentation and discussion of the borough’s (not city’s) Marijuana Task Force recommendations for setting up commercial marijuana businesses on Kodiak. Specific areas addressed in these recommendations included the growing of marijuana plants, the industrial manufacturing process to produce an end-product pharmaceutical (e.g. joints, edibles, lotions, shampoos, acne treatments, etc.), testing and sales.  Issues such a taxing, license fees, zoning requirements, exclusion zones and the like were some specific items of discussion. The meeting was long (four hours), tedious and sparsely attended by the public.

The nature of the assembly discussion focused on two themes. First, the electorate of Alaska having voted to legalize marijuana use, the assembly sees its job to provide a legal framework for the sale of marijuana-based products in this borough. That is, the public has spoken and it is now up to the borough to respond. Second, marijuana sales now reside in an unregulated and untaxed black market and it is the desire of the assembly to bring marijuana sales into the light and eradicate the black market in cannabis-based commodities.

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