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City of Seward, Alaska City Council Minutes <br /> October 13, 2014 <br /> Volume 39, Page 414 <br /> CALL TO ORDER <br /> Imam <br /> The October 13,2014 regular meeting of the Seward City Council was called to order at 7:00 <br /> p.m. by Mayor Jean Bardarson. <br /> OPENING CEREMONY <br /> Police Chief Tom Clemons led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. <br /> ROLL CALL <br /> There were present: <br /> Jean Bardarson presiding and <br /> Marianna Keil Ristine Casagranda <br /> Christy Terry David Squires <br /> Iris Darling Dale Butts <br /> comprising a quorum of the Council; and <br /> Jim Hunt, City Manager <br /> Johanna Kinney, City Clerk <br /> Will Earnhart, City Attorney <br /> Absent—None <br /> CITIZEN COMMENTS ON ANY SUBJECT EXCEPT THOSE ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> Tim McDonald spoke on the resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2. He researched and <br /> found it to be a very important commercial product in this country. The initiative was about <br /> recreational marijuana, the more important issue was the commercial production such as hemp, <br /> which was outlawed for many years. Hemp was considered a super food. The only thing that was <br /> contested by society was the flour of the hemp plant, which was a small portion of the potential of <br /> hemp. It was prevalent in American history and society. Many studies showed hemp and pot to be <br /> considered as a miracle drug. <br /> Rhonda Hubbard was the area coordinator for the "Vote No on 2" campaign and thanked <br /> Council Member Terry for putting this issue before council tonight. She did not mean to demonize <br /> anyone who intended to use cannabis; but she did not support the marketing efforts that supported <br /> this measure. If council truly cared about Alaska,they should pass the resolution to encourage a no <br /> vote on the measure. This initiative was way too soon and too much to consider. Hubbard felt that <br /> passage of this measure would not decrease alcohol use, but that it would add to it. <br /> .. Brad Snowden stated he had lived in Seward for 51 years and believed the war on drugs was <br /> not working. In his opinion, Snowden felt marijuana should not be kept illegal one more day. This <br />