State proposed regulations would limit Ketchikan marijuana

Proposed state regulations could keep marijuana businesses from opening almost anywhere in downtown Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that draft regulations from the Marijuana Control Board prevent marijuana businesses from opening within 500 feet of schools, churches and other places where children congregate.

Ketchikan officials say churches litter downtown, with many tucked away on second floors of buildings and in other areas people don’t think of.

Draft regulations are legally required to be in place in November.

Members of the Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee say they will use state regulations as a guideline, and adjustments may be made later.

Because Ketchikan is geographically narrow and along the waterfront, tight regulations could pose a problem for prospective businesses.