Ketchikan assembly votes against federal pot rules

Ordinance has more in line with state guidelines than federal.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has approved changes to local marijuana zoning rules, with members voting in favor of an ordinance more in line with state law than federal regulations.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the assembly approved an amendment Monday that removes a requirement for marijuana cultivators to follow stricter federal transportation laws when moving their product. The amendment leaves only state law in borough code.

The assembly also shot down a draft ordinance that would have expanded zones where pot businesses are prohibited, such as near schools, public housing and playgrounds.

The new borough code maintains the 500-foot buffer zone around schools instead of the proposed federal buffer of 1,000 feet.

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