Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana Legalization

  • Given our state’s already liberal stance on personal use and possession of marijuana, as well as the issuance of medicinal marijuana cards, it’s not clear to me what other use we need to promote
  • I will vote no on legalization but as governor, I will honor the wishes of the electorate

Alaska’s constitution provides Alaskans with a heightened right to privacy. The Alaska Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized this privacy right to allow Alaskans to possess small amounts of marijuana at home. Despite the legislature’s attempt to re-criminalize marijuana in 2006, the Alaska Constitution and the decisions by the Alaska Supreme Court still stand.

Given our state’s already liberal stance on personal use and possession of marijuana, as well as the issuance of medicinal marijuana cards, it’s not clear to me what other use we need to promote. Additionally, I don’t think we need to jump into this when we have the opportunity to see how two other states implement their recently passed ballot measures to decriminalize marijuana. Washington and Colorado present an opportunity to see how full legalization would play out. We don’t need to be a guinea pig on this one, especially when Alaska already permits personal and medicinal use.

The other two gubernatorial candidates and I are all on record as saying we will vote no on legalization. That being said, this issue will be decided in the November gubernatorial election. The voters will have spoken, and as governor, I will honor the wishes of the electorate.