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Decide on a marijuana tax: Rolling back on residency requirements for local pot businesses

News-Miner opinion: Other Alaska communities have either approved or are making good headway on taxing marijuana products in preparation for the anticipated legal sales of pot next year.

It’s time for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to get on with it now, also.

The Borough Assembly last took up the issue in August, with its members split over whether to ask voters to authorize a 5 percent tax or an 8 percent tax. The idea was to get something on the October ballot so that Fairbanks could be ready when pot businesses start opening in the borough.

Two assembly members were absent from that August meeting, and it also was suggested that maybe it would be better to wait until a new assembly was seated after the October election.

It’s well beyond the October election now, and a new assembly is in place. It’s time to decide on a marijuana...

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