Alaska: Building space scarce for Anchorage marijuana business

The marijuana industry will have a tough time finding willing landlords for their would-be dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and the Anchorage Assembly may tighten restrictions even further.

A land crunch already plagues the Anchorage housing market, and the marijuana industry worries it will whittle storefront options as well. Anchorage is proposing three separate ordinances that would create an additional municipal licensing requirement, a sales tax plan, and a special land use requirement. The land use requirement, industry fears, will hobble the industry’s startup by narrowing already elusive leasing opportunities.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a final draft of the land use ordinance to the Assembly on Jan. 4. The Assembly says it hopes to have the

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