Anchorage Assembly delays votes on marijuana drive-thrus and adding criminal offense related to election inquiry

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday delayed voting on three proposals — two that would change city regulations for marijuana retailers and another that would add to city code a misdemeanor offense for public records tampering.

Assembly members scheduled the legislation on marijuana sales for discussion and vote during a meeting on Jan. 9. The pair of ordinances would allow drive-thru and walk-up windows, internet and phone sales and samples for customers. The proposals mirror recent changes in the state’s rules for pot shops.

During the Assembly’s next meeting on Dec. 19, members will again take up a measure to add the public records tampering offense. The proposed measure is part of an effort to better protect city elections from interference, Assembly leaders said.

Members delayed the measure after a lengthy discussion on Tuesday night. Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration and several Assembly members raised concerns about potential unintended consequences of the law. The additional time will allow city lawyers and Assembly members to review it.

Assembly leaders last month introduced a measure initially proposing two misdemeanor offenses, following a monthslong inquiry into a challenge to the city’s 2023 election and the involvement of the now-resigned city director of the Office of Information Technology.

Emily Goodykoontz

Emily Goodykoontz is a reporter covering Anchorage local government and general assignments. She previously covered breaking news at The Oregonian in Portland before joining ADN in 2020. Contact her at