Cannabis businesses in the borough outside the cities can continue operations as usual with the failure of Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition 1, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results.
Not counting absentee ballots, the proposition, which asked whether commercial cannabis operations should be legal in the borough outside city limits, failed by a landslide on Tuesday — more than 64 percent of the voters in the borough opposed it, with about 36 percent supporting it.
The defeat was a victory for the cannabis industry and its supporters, organized as the Keep Cannabis Legal campaign, which has been heavily advocating against Proposition 1 for about a year.
Unofficial results show all three borough propositions failing. Proposition 2 asked voters if the borough could issue up to $5 million in bonds to pay for repairs to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the George A. Navarre Borough Administration Building, and Proposition 3 asked if the borough should raise the cap on taxable sales from $500 to $1,000.