Alaska Support Industry Alliance Comes Out Against Marijuana Legalization

ALASKA:  The Alaska Support Industry Alliance board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska.

Alliance General Manager Rebecca Logan said 29 of the board’s 43 members voted to oppose the measure in a meeting last week. They also voted to oppose Ballot Measure 4, an act that would require the legislature to approve any large-scale mining projects in the Bristol Bay region.

The Alliance is an oil, gas and mining industry trade association that represents 500 companies and 30,000 Alaska employees. Logan said the board’s decision came after over 80 percent of members responded to a poll that marijuana legalization would impact their ability to hire Alaskans.

Logan said Alliance members have already felt the strain of marijuana use and have had difficulty finding drug-free Alaskans for oil, gas and mining jobs the Alliance represents. The Alliance is in the process of partnering with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to work on a multi-year campaign that would target Alaska drug use, specifically pointing out that if “you make good choices, you get good jobs.”