Residents sound off about proposed city marijuana rules

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - At last night's Fairbanks City Council meeting, residents voiced their opinions on a proposed ordinance to regulate marijuana establishments.
Julia Laude was in the council chambers and brings us the story.
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Over 20 supporters and opponents of the ordinance, spoke before the city council.
While the majority of testimony was against the ordinance,
Dan Peters; Co-Owner of Good Sense>>: "I am not in support of this ordinance."
Keenan Hollister; Pakalolo Supply Company>>: "It's putting a cap on the growth of an industry."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: There was also support for regulation.
Greg Batz; Fairbanks>>: "I am not only in favor of this ordinance, I could wish in some ways it were stricter."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: If approved, the additions to city code would include a 12 facility limit on retail stores.
Shoshana Kun; Fairbanks>>: "12 licenses make sit to where if my children decide that this is the industry they want to take on, they have to wait or they have to put out a whole lot more money for the license. I agree maybe a cap is to be considered but overall, as someone mentioned, it will fizzle out whether you're a good business, you'll stay in business and if you're a bad business you'll go out of business."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Onsite consumption of marijuana would not be allowed regardless of state law.
Keenan Hollister; Pakalolo Supply Company>>: "How is it that it's okay to go and have a beer in a restaurant that has a children's menu but we can't give 21 and older adults a place that they can go consume cannabis?"
Brandon Emmett; Marijuana Control Board>>: "I think if you guys are contemplating doing away with onsite consumption, I think you should, at the very least, wait and see what the Marijuana Control Board comes up with before you decide to ban it outright."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Cultivation facilities and retail shops would have to be at least 750 feet from residential zones, schools and drug or alcohol rehab facilities. That's down from 1,000 feet under current law, which some feel is too restrictive.
Sam Hatchy; Tanana Herb Company>>: "I went down to the borough office the other day and I pulled up a city map and then I sat with a little circle of 1,000 square feet, it essentially blanked out the entire Fairbanks area and what that's going to do, it's going to push everybody to the borough. And a gentleman alluded to that point earlier about tax revenue and where that's going to go."
There are currently five retail shops in operation with three applications delegated to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, two under review from the same office and one awaiting a hearing from the Alaska Marijuana Control Board.
Mayor Jim Matherly; City of Fairbanks>>: "Ketchikan has two, North Pole said none at all, so there's just nothing in North Pole. All the cities have the power to do that. So I just want to make that clear. But I appreciate the back and forth and I'm not a prohibitionist with this industry. It's here its legal. I'm not trying to make it illegal. I want to make that clear to all of you."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: After the outpouring of public testimony, the council agreed to postpone the ordinance to the council's May 7th meeting, with Councilman Jerry Cleworth the only vote in opposition.
In the meantime, council members say they intend to meet with industry leaders to better define the ordinance.
This is Julia Laude reporting.