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ASSEMBLY AGENDA/MANAGER'S REPORT
THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

Ordinance 2014-50 An Ordinance Imposing a Limited Moratorium on the Receipt or Processing of Applications, Permits, or Pending Approvals Pertaining to Marijuana Establishments.

MANAGER'S REPORT:

On November 4, 2014, Alaskan voters approved a ballot measure related to the legalization of marijuana. The initiative, which goes into effect on February 24, 2015, allows the State nine months to enact regulations concerning the registration and oversight of marijuana establishments, defined by the initiative as marijuana cultivation, testing and product manufacturing facilities and marijuana retail stores. The initiative requires the State to begin accepting and processing applications for the registration of marijuana establishments within one year of the effective date of the act.   The initiative authorizes local governments to enact legislation concerning the time, place and manner related to the operation of registered marijuana establishments (for example, hours of operation, allowable locations, and limitations on the number of establishments allowed within the municipality .)

 

The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the CBJ time to consider and enact legislation concerning the operation of marijuana establishments in the CBJ.  The moratorium is set to expire within one year of adoption, which is after the date the State is required to enact regulations given the fact that it may be necessary to coordinate our local legislation with the State’s regulatory scheme, but before the time the State is required to begin processing applications.  

 

The Lands Committee heard this ordinance at its December 29, 2014 meeting, and recommended forwarding it to the full Assembly for approval.

RECOMMENDATION:

The Manager recommends this ordinance be adopted.

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Ordinance 2014-5012/16/2014Ordinance