ALASKA: Early next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.
In the meantime, there are still many questions about how legal marijuana would work in rural Alaska. Municipalities have the option to ban the sale of marijuana, but they can’t restrict transportation or possession. The campaign to oppose marijuana had its base in rural Alaska, and named Akiak’s Mike Williams as its chairman. He says he’s disappointed in the results.
“The villages need to take a look at what they can do, at the local level, the tribal level, and continue to pursue making sure that our communities are healthy,” Williams said.
Many questions remain on the law enforcement aspect of legal marijuana, but it’s clear that Alaska’s large rivers remain under federal law, which prohibits marijuana.