In a unanimous vote the City Council of Wasilla, in spite of public testimony running over 2 to 1 in opposition, approved the banning of cultivation, retail sales and testing within the City limits. The City that potentially stood to make the most from Alaska’s legendary Matanuska Thunderfuck and the other legendary cannabis strains grown here has opted out, eliminating any and all cannabis other than private dwellings growing their 6 plants and smoking them in the privacy of their own homes.
Councilman David Wilson, Council Seat A, presented the only reasonable excuse for voting to ban commercial grows with his logic that the City would then be presented with having to try and deal with Federally sanctioned “drug money” that they could not legally deposit or spend.
With an attendance that made me question the legal capacity of the Council chambers over 4 hours of spirited public testimony was led on the Pro Ban side by the Church group that showed up with horror stories of how legal, tested and taxed cannabis would destroy the children. Many made claims about friends or family who had their lives ruined after they used Pot and then got addicted to Meth or some other drug (the stupid truly burned brightly). The Anti Ban side was mainly led by Combat Veterans, elderly business persons, young hopeful entrepreneurs and people concerned with safe and legal access to medical cannabis. All of their reasoned and logical pleas fell on deaf ears it would seem as the council quickly moved to the vote and returned a unanimous “fuck you” to the cannabis industry.