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Not just fireworks in Houston: Mayor preps for pot

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First Palmer said no, then Wasilla said no. Now there is just one Valley city saying yes to pot shops and commercial marijuana grows. When the state voted to legalize marijuana, Houston residents were in favor by 14 percent.


So while other communities have opted out of commercialized industry, Mayor Virgie Thompson is prepared to welcome marijuana businesses and has plans for the revenue that will come with them.


No longer will Houston just be a place people go to get fireworks. Legal Marijuana is moving in and Thompson says there’s plenty of room inside the city’s 25 square miles. She said even some residential areas could be rezoned to meet the demand.


Dozens of business hopefuls have already contacted the city.


“There’s been no talk of a cap. Why? The state’s not capping it why should we?” Thompson said. “If we have the proper land zoned for it than let them proceed.”


Houston is home to about 2,100 Alaskans.


Thompson said her community needs more money and marijuana revenue will help.


“Better roads, parks in the area, a community center. It’s unlimited what we can do to allocate this money to better the community,” Thompson said.


The city is proposing to charge a licensing fee for retail marijuana stores and commercial grows. Thompson said it’s unlikely the city will tax the drug beyond the 2 percent sales tax that already exists within Houston.


“There’s already a lot of black market marijuana here,” Thompson noted. “That’s why we don’t want to tax them out of business. We want them to go legit.”


Thompson said she foresees a thriving new industry, but said not every resident is looking forward to having marijuana businesses in Houston.


Although marijuana businesses won’t be allowed in Palmer or Wasilla, they will be legal outside city limits in the Mat-Su Borough. Voters will decide on a borough-wide ban this fall.


That’s why many business hopefuls believe Houston may be their best option.


Following public comment in March, Houston’s city council plans to finalize its marijuana zoning restriction.


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