Turning a new leaf: Soldotna ends marijuana moratorium

Soldotna’s moratorium on commercial marijuana will end on January 1, allowing commercial pot growing, testing and selling within the city of Soldotna.

The decision was made after Mayor Pete Sprague broke a 3-3 tie, voting down an ordinance which would have indefinitely extended the two year moratorium.

“We did pass a moratorium two years ago,” Sprague said. “But, the reality is that marijuana is here, the cannabis industry is here and it’s not going away.”

The city must now begin the process of drafting regulations to control the industry within the city.

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