The Fairbanks City Council voted unanimously Monday night to waive any protest of the application of marijuana dispensary The Fairbanks Cut to host on-site consumption at its facility, once the facility gets a certificate of occupancy. The Fairbanks Cut would be the first facility in Fairbanks to host legal on-site consumption of marijuana.
The Fairbanks Cut’s application was rejected by the Marijuana Control Board last month, as there was some contention over the meaning of “freestanding building.” Board members were split down the middle over the discussion, leading to a negative ruling. There are only four members currently on the Marijuana Control Board, as a fifth person has not yet been appointed.
Lily Bosshart, representing The Fairbanks Cut as an owner, asserted that the company chose the location of the facility with on-site consumption in mind, and felt it met the requirements for on-site consumption. The company began the appeal process right away. The decision would normally be evaluated in the Alaska Court system, though The Fairbanks Cut is hoping for expedited adjudication.
Certificates of occupancy can take anywhere from several weeks to a year, according to City Clerk Danyielle Snyder. Since construction is relatively simple — they are putting in a door — Bosshart said she believes the process will not take long for The Fairbanks Cut.
The Marijuana Control Board will meet from Sept. 11-13 in Nome. The deadline to submit materials for the board’s consideration is Aug. 23. Bosshart was unsure whether The Fairbanks Cut would be able to make that deadline, but was hopeful that appeals materials would be ready for the board’s November meeting, the date for which has not yet been announced.
Though the company does share a building with its landlord, it does not share an HVAC unit or