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What others say: On marijuana, let states decide

 

We’re disappointed that White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently said “greater enforcement” of federal drug laws, including prohibition of marijuana, is coming.

“There’s a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature,” he said. This, at a time when a majority of Americans support not only limiting federal enforcement of marijuana laws but outright legalizing the drug.


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What others say: Sessions out of touch

 

Our nation is in the grips of an opioid epidemic unlike anything we’ve seen before. Just a few short years ago, heroin was thought to be a drug of past decades. Now, people are overdosing and dying in record numbers.


Workers trim marijuana at Greatland Ganja in Kasilof. CREDIT COURTESY OF KEEP CANNABIS LEGAL

Workers trim marijuana at Greatland Ganja in Kasilof.

CREDIT COURTESY OF KEEP CANNABIS LEGAL

Pro-industry group fights proposition to ban pot shops on Kenai Peninsula

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry.

Keep Cannabis Legal gave a presentation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Board Friday. The ballot initiative group is traveling around the peninsula to push back against Ballot Proposition 1.


Annually sales tax is expected to exceed $220,000. That’s almost a quarter of a million dollars a year that will fund our schools, pay teachers, and support school programs.

Annually sales tax is expected to exceed $220,000. That’s almost a quarter of a million dollars a year that will fund our schools, pay teachers, and support school programs.

Marijuana legalization benefitting community

With the legalization of recreational cannabis use in 2014, it has been a long wait to see businesses finally up and running. It is unfortunate that members of our community cannot see the benefits legalization is already bringing, like state tax revenue, state licensing fees and hundreds (eventually thousands) of new jobs.

 

Dollynda Phelps with Peace Frog Botanicals gives a presentation on how taxed, tested and regulated cannabis is benificial to our communities.

Dollynda Phelps with Peace Frog Botanicals gives a presentation on how taxed, tested and regulated cannabis is benificial to our communities.

Peninsula cannabis entrepreneurs estimate $5.3 million economy

Cultivators statewide have already contributed about $145,800 to the state coffers through December 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Revenue. Four of those cultivators

were on the Kenai Peninsula. That doesn’t include the tax revenue to local governments from sales taxes at retail stores.


The audiance that attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting on Feb. 15th while Dollynda Phelps gave a presentation regarding legal cannabis.

The audiance that attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting on Feb. 15th while Dollynda Phelps gave a presentation regarding legal cannabis.

Peninsula Cannabusinesses Prepare To Fight For $5.3m Industry

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s cannabusinesses are preparing for a fight this October which could extinguish the $5.3 million local industry. Nikiski grower Dollynda Phelps told the Kenai

Chamber that the industry will generate nearly $220,000 in sales tax revenue this year, which will all go to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.