Soldotna works on marijuana regulations

  • In this December 2016 photo, marijuana plants grow under heat lamps at marijuana cultivation facility Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

The cannabis industry is coming to the city of Soldotna, but first, the rules and regulations need to be set, and this process starts in work sessions.

The city’s planning and zoning commission held the first of its marijuana related work sessions on Nov. 20 in preparation for February, when the moratorium on commercial marijuana in Soldotna will end.

Soldotna City Council voted down an ordinance to indefinitely extend Soldotna’s two-year moratorium on marijuana in September, after former Mayor Pete Sprague broke a 3-3 tie. The moratorium was set to end with 2017, but the council passed an ordinance extending it until February to provide time to cement the regulations.

“(The Nov. 20 work session) was more of an educational type of session,” said John Czarnezki, Soldotna’s city planner. “So, we talked about what the planning and zoning commission’s scope is, as far as what they can cover and what they’re allowed, by code, to cover.”

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