The Latest: Alaska voters reject local bans on legalized pot

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This December 2016 photo shows cannabis plants growing in a cultivation space inside Croy's Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. Voters in parts of Alaska will decide in local elections on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, whether to ban commercial cannabis operations, including retail stores and cultivation facilities.

The Latest on votes in parts of Alaska to ban legalized marijuana operations (all times local):

10:05 p.m.

Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected attempts Tuesday to ban marijuana businesses.

Citizen initiatives were handily losing in and around the city of Fairbanks and in rural areas of the Kenai (KEE'-ny) Peninsula southwest of Anchorage.

Had the measures been approved, marijuana growers and retail stores would have had to close their shops.

Alaska voters in 2014 approved the recreational use of marijuana, but local governments could always opt out.

Proponents feared if these votes were successful, this would have emboldened other communities to ban marijuana...

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