Anchorage to decide if marijuana shop can open near church

11 months 3 days 19 hours ago Sunday, October 20 2019 Oct 20, 2019 October 20, 2019 10:07 PM October 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage Assembly is expected to decide whether a retail marijuana store can open despite its location next to a shelter that also serves as a church.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that AlaskaSense LLC plans to open a marijuana store beside the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center.

Officials say the soup kitchen and women's shelter leases space to a Texas ministry called Hope Church.

The city's planning department has classified the entire operation as a religious assembly with special protections.

AlaskaSense's owner and attorney say the business has spent $400,000 in rent and renovations based on previous assurances from the city that it met zoning regulations.

The shelter previously opposed the shop but recently sent a letter to AlaskaSense explaining its board voted to drop its opposition.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More News

7 Days