The City & Borough of Juneau Assembly is reopening discussion on whether to continue to allow a limited cannabis cultivation facility (less than 500 sq ft) outside of the urban service boundary (USB).
Although the CBJ Marijuana Committee spent significant time discussing zoning and the Assembly previously approved, there is a group organizing a petition to have the Assembly overturn its decision as reported in the Juneau Empire (http://juneauempire.com/local/2016-03-03/petition-no-commerical-pot-residential-zones).
This "counter-petition" asks CBJ to Keep D1 (outside the USB) zoned to allow for limited cannabis cultivation facilities. Juneau has a limited land base for commercial cultivation of marijuana. Cultivators looking to rent or lease existing facilities have had door after door shut on their face. State regulations and local ordinances are in place to make sure that health, safety, security, and accountability are not only top priorities but operational requirements.
If we're going to supplant the black market and meet demand, while trying to promote the Mom & Pop grow that state regulators intended by putting strict residency requirements in place, limited cultivation facilities are going to be a key piece of the puzzle ... to say nothing of what it can do for variety of available products.
We respectfully request that the CBJ Assembly not reconsider its November 9, 2015 decision to allow operation of limited cannabis cultivation facilities in areas outside the urban service boundary for D-1 zoning.
We appreciate that the CBJ Assembly gives concerned citizens an opportunity to be heard. We feel that not only did CBJ get it right the first time, but that finality has value, particularly to those entrepreneurs who have waited through moratoriums while the CBJ has carefully considered, deliberated, and voted on these issues.
Juneau's limited available land base and limited available commercially zoned property have forced many with big plans to scale back to limited cultivation. This is to say nothing of reluctant land owners. State regulations and local ordinances are in place to make sure that health, safety, security, and accountability are not only top priorities but operational requirements.
Help undercut the black market; help promote the Mom & Pop shops that residency requirements were designed to promote. Keep D1 Legal.