Alaska city, Ketchikan, rejects marijuana business ban

The City of Ketchikan will not prohibit retail marijuana businesses within city limits.

The Ketchikan City Council, by a 3-2 count at its meeting Thursday night, voted down an ordinance in second reading that would have temporarily prohibited such businesses.

Council members Judy Zenge, KJ Harris and Julie Isom voted against the ordinance, while council members Bob Sivertsen and Dick Coose voted in favor. Council members Dave Kiffer and Janalee Gage were not at the meeting. Kiffer voted against the ordinance at the council’s Jan. 7 meeting but had previously supported prohibition, while Gage voted in favor of prohibition both earlier this month and in late 2015.

The council, at its Jan. 7 meeting, narrowly approved the ordinance’s first reading. Council members were split in a 3-3 tie — Sivertsen, Coose and Gage voted for the ordinance, with Zenge, Harris and Kiffer voting against. Mayor Lew Williams III, a co-publisher...

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