Fairbanks closer to approving 1st onsite use pot retailer
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks could get its first marijuana sales outlet where smokers can light up or eat edible pot products on the site within a few weeks or as much as a year, city officials said.
The Fairbanks City Council voted unanimously Monday to waive any protest of the proposal allowing onsite consumption at The Fairbanks Cut after the cannabis retailer receives its occupancy certificate, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday.
A certificate for occupancy could take anywhere from several weeks to a year, city officials said.
If approved, the dispensary’s onsite consumption area would be open from 5 p.m. to midnight weekdays and from 12 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.
The Marijuana Control Board rejected the onsite use proposal last month after disagreements over the meaning of freestanding building but is expected to reconsider it in coming months, city officials said.
The Fairbanks Cut shares a building with its landlord, but does not share a wall or airspace with any other occupants. The control board should have established rules saying that marijuana outlets wanting to allow customers to consume had to be in their own buildings if members had wanted such a requirement, said Fairbanks Cut owner Lily Bosshart.
“If they had wanted sole occupancy, they could have easily put that in the regulations,” she said.
Bosshart must submit an appeal to have the proposal considered by the control board and said she expects to have all of the paperwork ready by November.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com