Marijuana Questions

Feb 23, 2015

Alaska’s voter approved ballot measure legalizing marijuana takes effect tomorrow (Feb 24).  Alaskans 21 and older will be able to grow, share and consume small amounts of marijuana on private property, but a lot of questions remain about how legalization will work. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that includes questions related to law enforcement. 

The North Pole City Council voted Tuesday to restrict the consumption of marijuana in public. The council members debated whether, and how much, the ordinance should limit marijuana use at businesses and on private property. But they decided against adding specific restrictions against use on private property.

City of Fairbanks

Fairbanks City Council members advanced an ordinance Monday that would set a hundred-dollar fine for consuming marijuana in a public place within city limits. The councilman who proposed the ordinance says it would give both police and the pot-consuming public a break.

With three weeks to go before the new state law legalizing personal use of marijuana goes into effect, the North Pole City Council voted Monday to advance two ordinances that would restrict the public use of pot in town and ban a dangerous method of processing it. But one council member worries one of the proposals goes too far.

The city of North Pole is among several across Alaska looking at regulating legalized marijuana at the local level. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the city council is considering 2 ordinances. 

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice.

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp

Alaska Native municipal leaders say a new state law that will legalize the use and sale of marijuana could damage people in communities. Last week they told an Anchorage attorney who’s researched the law that the tax it authorizes won’t raise enough money to repair that damage.

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska’s marijuana ballot initiative has some Fairbanks entrepreneurs organizing in hope of being able to grow and sell the drug. Proposition 2 would have the state regulate marijuana like alcohol.  Fairbanks resident Brandon Emmett is Executive Director of the recently formed  Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation.

Emmett says he wants the organization “To kind of be a voice for the Alaskan people with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the legislature, both for people who are consumers and people who look to profit off the industry.”