Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization earlier this month during the 2014 Election. Alaska joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington D.C. in doing so. But, despite the will of the voters, an official in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, wants to ban legal recreational marijuana sales. Per Marijuana Business Daily:
Assemblywoman Amy Demboski has prepared an ordinance to prohibit marijuana cultivation, production, testing and sales in Anchorage. The measure was slated to be introduced on Tuesday during an Assembly meeting, and a draft of the proposed ban is available on the Assembly website.
Demboski told the Alaska Dispatch News that she doesn’t want Anchorage to be the “guinea pig” for the rest of the state, and wants to wait until there are clear regulations for the industry before deciding to give marijuana businesses a green light.
The ‘delay tactic’ is one that is used early and often by marijuana opponents. Opponents like Amy Demboski don’t want to ever see legal marijuana sales occur, no matter how many ‘clear regulations’ are created. Marijuana sales in Anchorage, or any other part of the state, will not occur until after regulations are in place Ms. Demboski. Expressing your opposition before the process even starts demonstrates that you are not going to approach the issue with an open mind, and likely will instead do everything you can to derail the process. Ms. Demboski’s tactic is nothing new, and I hope there are enough sensible individuals in Anchorage to overrule her obvious intent to keep marijuana sales from happening.