- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The recreational marijuana industry will have to wait longer to grow in Juneau as the city won’t be accepting conditional use permits for marijuana businesses until next year.

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly unanimously voted Monday to extend the moratorium on accepting or processing marijuana business permits through Dec. 31, the Juneau Empire reported (https://bit.ly/1Vc2ipo).

The moratorium was established in January and was slated to end in mid-October. Assembly members said the extension is intended to give the city more time to set zoning rules.

“We extended the moratorium for the same reason we passed it in the first place,” said Jesse Kiehl, an Assembly member and chairman of the city’s marijuana committee. “We don’t have our zoning rules in place yet.”

The city’s Planning Commission is still working to finalize zoning rules for marijuana businesses.

“It would be challenging for us if they don’t extend the moratorium,” said Planner Chrissy McNally in an interview earlier this month, explaining the importance of the Marijuana Committee’s recommendation.

Kiehl said Tuesday that there had not been any negative feedback from budding marijuana business owners about the extended moratorium.

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

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