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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1

Op-Ed

The next regular election will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The following propositions are scheduled to be placed on the ballot for the election on Tuesday, October 4. The Assembly had until Friday, August 5, to adopt any ordinance to place a proposition on the ballot.

Proposition No. B-1

Prohibiting Marijuana Establishments Except Those Involving Industrial Hemp in the Area Outside of the Cities

Initiative Ordinance Serial No. 15-088. This ordinance prohibits marijuana retail stores, marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, and marijuana testing facilities in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the area outside of the cities. The prohibition does not apply to industrial hemp as defined in the ordinance.

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough adopt a local option to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments except those involving industrial hemp in the area outside of the cities?

Cannabis businesses are already prohibited in Wasilla and Palmer, and it's our opinion that it's good for them, but not for the rest of the Borough. These businesses will bring much-needed revenue, jobs, and numerous other benefits to all Residents.

A "Yes" vote is a vote to reinstate prohibition and put money in the pockets of black market criminals, and create expensive and unnecessary enforcement burdens on our Troopers.

Vote "No" on Prop B-1. Keep it legal and tax it to the benefit of all Residents.

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{Editors note: This article was submitted under "Local Business", but we feel that an Op-Ed is a better place for it]

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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 09:29 AM AKDT
Banning commercial cannabis businesses in the valley is a sure-fire way to keep the black market alive and thriving. When combined with the loss of revenue these new businesses would provide, it's obvious that reefer madness is epidemic in the Mat-Su. Thank you, valley leaders (not), for your continued mediocrity and myopia. Have any of you even bothered to see what income cannabis has produced for the states of Washington, Oregon and Colorado?

Cannabis is the third most popular drug in the US and in the world, after alcohol and tobacco. It isn't going away. Unfortunately, the disinformation campaign used in the shameful WOD is still widespread.

Two thumbs down on the valley's continued baseless fears and lack of vision.
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: tim on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 09:33 AM AKDT
I'm voting no on 1. I just learned about the vote, and I find that peculiar giving the lack of publicity...until this article. So thank you for giving it a headline.
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 12:33 PM AKDT
It's a dirty trick way that the proposition is worded. And on the same ballot is a proposition to tax the sales of marijuana!

Just say "NO."
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 01:18 PM AKDT
First, let me thank you for your work on this site and for allowing anonymous comments. I'd never post this comment under my real name because some people are prejudiced.

I've lived in Big Lake for over 30 years, am a family man and small business owner. I also have been growing a few plants at a time for the personal use by my friends and myself. I am interested in the commercial prospect, but am waiting to see what happens with this vote. This is also delaying other projects, projects that would bring jobs and revenue to the areas. At a time when our states economy is in serious trouble, we should be encouraging and supporting legal businesses, while hurting the black market.

The laws and regulations are very similar to alcohol. I don't see anyone moving to ban alcohol, at least not in the Mat-Su Borough. Have you noticed the reports of pot busts in the trooper section compared to DUI? When people use cannabis, they are a threat only to the fridge and cupboard. They order pizzas.

Please get out and vote, and vote no for prohibition and new taxes, and a nod to the black market. Just no.
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Jack Pine on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 01:32 PM AKDT
The way that the proposition is worded is done in a way to trick the voter. It's dirty, and should result in a recall of those involved. It sounds like a "Yes" vote is the positive choice, but it's actually the negative choice. The NO vote preserves the status quo that The People voted FOR, and allows for business growth, more employment, taxable income, and a blow to the unregulated black market. It also allows our policing to be used to mitigate the epidemic of opioid and meth abuse. We do not need to make more criminals from citizens. That is what the effect of a YES vote is.

Just remember to vote no on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Big Lake the polls are marked by signs, usually at The Big Lake Lions Center behind Bob's and Big Lake Arctic Cat. Any form of ID, even a hunting license is acceptable, and if you have no ID you can vote a questioned ballot.

Please spread the word.
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Sabine on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 01:41 PM AKDT
I want to know who the sponsors/backers of this is and how much was spent on Borough lawyers and other fees, and who paid for this?
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Greg on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 05:15 PM AKDT
Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Present Identification and Sign the Precinct Register

When entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. The following documents may be used for identification:

voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card;
passport, hunting or fishing license; or
other current or valid photo identification.
You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:

current utility bill or pay check;
government check or bank statement; or
other government issued document.

After presenting identification, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check your residence address listed. If your residence address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address

If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.

Receive and Mark Your Ballot

After you have signed the precinct register, you will be given a ballot. During a Primary Election, you will be informed of your ballot choices based upon your political affiliation 30 days prior to Election Day.

When voting the ballot, completely fill in the oval next to your choice. You only have to mark the races or issues you choose to vote. If you mark more than one choice in a race or issue, that section of the ballot will NOT be counted. The sections of the ballot that are properly marked will be counted.

If you make a mistake marking your ballot, do not erase or correct the ballot. You should return the mismarked ballot to an election worker and request a new ballot. You may receive up to two replacement ballots.

Place Your Ballot in the Ballot Box

After marking your ballot, you will place your ballot into the ballot box. Once your ballot has been placed into the ballot box, your vote has been cast and you cannot be issued another ballot.
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Why You Should Vote NO on Ballot Measure B1
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 02 2016 @ 05:24 PM AKDT
The previous election was decided by 15% of the registered voters.

Please, cast your vote. It does count.
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