Vote No on Prop. 1
Proposition 1 is a Ballot initiative that if passed, would re-criminalize all licensed cannabis establishments, outside of the incorporated city limits, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Note: Only residents living outside of any city limit are allowed to vote on this initiative
Voting NO on Prop. 1 will keep the current borough process in place, whereby State of Alaska Licensed Cannabis Establishments, continue to operate under the direct supervision of AMCO and with the conditions placed on them by the borough Assembly (the governing body having authority in the KPB over Licensed Cannabis Establishments).
Voting Yes on Prop.1 will re-criminalize cannabis businesses, shutting the currently licensed operators down, thereby driving commerce back to the unregulated market.
The passage of Prop. 1 would put families and neighbors out of business and cause many hard-working people to lose their jobs and life-long savings.
Cannabis businesses are owned by local families who have invested millions of dollars into our communities.
Cannabis businesses stimulate the economy with new jobs, construction, and the use of business services. This provides living wages and potential increased tourism revenue for the entire Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Licensed Cannabis Establishments proudly support Alaska’s excise tax base and generate retail sales tax that goes directly to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District**.
Prop. 1 would restrict access to medical cannabis for those individuals who suffer from cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and all illnesses that cause extreme chronic pain and discomfort, forcing them to purchase cannabis illegally on the unregulated market, or to rely on expensive and deadly pharmaceuticals.
LET’S END THE STIGMA
Cannabis has been widely used in our community and state for decades as medicine and for personal use. Many well-known, upstanding, KPB citizens are casual, recreational, or medicinal cannabis users. The transparent farming, processing, and retailing of licensed, tracked cannabis is better for the entire community. Licensed establishments provide a safe environment where adults 21 years of age or older may purchase clean, lab tested, quality controlled cannabis.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission and Assembly have final say on the time, place, and manner of each licensed facility. Public input from the community is considered at each approval.
Alaskan’s are independent and want more control over their lives and less government interference. By legalizing and taxing cannabis, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is provided with a new resource to fund our schools and boost our economy.
By keeping cannabis retailers, cultivators, and processors operating, the sale of cannabis will be restricted to adults 21 years of age and older; furthermore removing an element of the illegal trade from our local community, while providing the safety and control over access and quality that a regulated environment brings. These measures are much like alcohol regulations. Both are put in place by the State of Alaska and reviewed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the safety of everyone.
Re-criminalizing cannabis businesses will burden our local police and taxpayers with enforcing prohibition on an industry that has proven it can be regulated in a safe, responsible manner.
Law enforcement has resources freed up for more important and violent crimes, and the public has access to a transparent process. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has little control over an unregulated market.
If Alaska follows the same trend as Colorado, per capita Alaska could expect to see nearly 2500 new jobs statewide.
These jobs are directly and indirectly related to the cannabis industry. Locally, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, which is 7% of Alaska’s total population, the cannabis industry is expected to produce nearly 200 new jobs by the end of 2017. That is equivalent to the number of jobs lost when Agrium closed its Urea plant in Nikiski in 2007.
Alaska is officially in a recession. The cannabis industry can significantly contribute to much-needed diversification of our economy, and helping to offset our current budget crises as well as providing dependable jobs for Alaskans.The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District receives 100% of the borough taxes from the retail sale of cannabis. Statewide, the cannabis industry is projected to bring contribute $20 million in excise tax and revenue. Locally, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the new cannabis industry is expected to contribute $3.6 million annually from monthly operating expenses alone, from Payroll, utilities, garden supplies, transportation, packaging, and maintenance. This number is expected to grow as new facilities come online.
Show your love for the Kenai and vote NO on Prop. 1
VOTE NO on Prop. 1 to PREVENT PROHIBITION
VOTE NO on Prop. 1 to KEEP CULTIVATORS EMPLOYED
VOTE NO on Prop. 1 will SAVE 200 NEW JOBS
VOTE NO on Prop. 1 to KEEP LOCAL BUSINESS OPEN
VOTE NO on Prop. 1 INCREASES KPB SCHOOL REVENUE