Soldotna council directs administration to draft pot ban legislation
After taking about two years to think it over, the Soldotna City Council has decided commercial marijuana still isn’t right for the city.
The council voted 4-2 at its Wednesday meeting to direct city administrators to draft legislation that would ban marijuana establishments from operating within city limits. This move comes as Soldotna’s two-year moratorium on cannabis businesses, which the council voted to enact in December 2015, draws closer to its expiration date.
The moratorium will end Jan. 1, 2018, and administrators want enough time to prepare for either allowing marijuana business in the city or banning it, said Mayor Pete Sprague during the meeting.
“If the council does decide to take some action, we do need to draft legislation, present it to (the) Planning and Zoning (Commission), have it go through the public process,” Sprague said.