- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission has tabled its discussion of zoning regulations for marijuana businesses.

The commission voted to set the discussion aside after hearing public testimony Tuesday, according to the Juneau Empire (https://bit.ly/1UDoYEi). The commission was unable to pass any motion because a procedural rule mandates that it requires at least five votes to pass a motion. Two of the nine members were absent, and the ones that were in attendance couldn’t gather enough votes to pass four motions.

Commission members said they would like more time to discuss points broached by the public comment. Six of the nine people who spoke warned commissioners not to preemptively limit marijuana businesses.

“This isn’t getting realistic. This is getting insane,” said Ben Wilcox, who spoke out against restricting marijuana businesses in waterfront commercial and waterfront industrial zones. “You’re zoning us down to nothing.”

Some commissioners were also unsure whether marijuana businesses should be allowed in areas near residential neighborhoods. Assembly member Karen Crane said she had heard from several neighbors that they were concerned.

“It is, as you are well aware, easier to extend the areas later than it is to take them back,” Crane said.

The commission will revisit the topic at its next meeting and eventually make a recommendation to the Assembly.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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