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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Alaska: Social Consumption Of Marijuana Is An Essential Protection

alaska marijuana legalizationI received the following alert from the Alaska campaign (they are still working hard long after the 2014 Election!):

The Marijuana Control Board’s staff and attorneys claim that the board is unable to license and regulate retail shops that would allow on-site consumption. This position overlooks important protections contained in the voter-enacted marijuana initiative, Measure 2. The board should amend its proposed rule, and we are asking for your help.

Please contact the board and ask that it respect the protections reserved for private property owners who choose to regulate marijuana use on their property.

Adults are allowed to consume alcohol socially in numerous locations, from bars and restaurants to weddings and office parties. Those who choose to consume marijuana should not be treated differently. By allowing adults to consume marijuana legally inside regulated businesses, we can reduce the likelihood that they consume illegally outside on the street, in vehicles, on sidewalks, and in parks. This is especially the case when it comes to adults visiting Alaska who don’t have other legal options. It is reasonable for adults to have a place to go, and it is within the board’s authority to establish and regulate those places.

Please take a moment and ask the board to recognize these important protections, which will benefit both adult consumers and the communities in which they live. Then, please pass this message to friends, family, and supporters in Alaska!

  • The Truth

    It’s too bad that there even has to be a fight on this issue. People are going to find a place to smoke same as they would going to the bathroom.

  • 1Bugler1

    I have to take the position that lots of people don’t like the smell or breathing in the smoke. Not that 2nd hand cannabis smoke is dangerous – it’s not – but 2nd hand tobacco smoke IS and I despise people who smoke that shit around me. So it would be hypocritical of me to say NO to 2nd hand tobacco smoke and YES to 2nd hand cannabis smoke. Now if you opened a cannabis club where everyone was smoking cannabis – NOT TOBBACCO, and NO ALCOHOL, then I see no problem.

    • Lindsey Rinehart

      These clubs are 100% cannabis only, and private- with proper ventilation. If one doesn’t like cannabis smoke, they don’t have to enter, and the smoke is not in the air outside. ;)

  • Jeremiah Emmerson

    Johnny, you missed the most important part: Medical users. Some of them are unable to consume at home or when they are on the road. A lot of Alaskans live in rural areas and have to travel to the “big city” to take care of their medical needs. Clubs give them a place to consume and once in awhile they find some good rso to take home. Since we do not have any dispensaries for medical or recreational yet, this has been one of their only saving grace’s.