Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

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Leading up to a municipal election next week, it appears that marijuana companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are well-positioned to keep their business interests alive.

Voters in Alaska’s third-largest city, along with Fairbanks North Star Borough, will decide on Oct. 3 whether to continue to allow cannabis companies to operate within the municipality’s boundaries, and so far, a pro-industry committee has raised more funds than a group supporting a ban, according to the Daily News Miner.

The Keep Cannabis Legal Fairbanks political action committee has brought in $47,500 for its cause, including nine marijuana companies that donated $5,000 apiece, the newspaper reported. By contrast, the Safe Neighborhoods Fairbanks committee, which proposed the ban, has raised only $7,928.77.

Fairbanks is home to “more than a dozen active growers and six cannabis retailers,” according to the News Miner.

The Fairbanks ballot measure is Proposition A, and Fairbanks North Star Borough’s is Proposition 1.