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6/12/2018
States’ rights

Whether supportive or opposed to the legalization of marijuana, it’s an issue for state jurisdiction.

Alaska legalized recreational marijuana in 2014. Some states preceded Alaska’s vote with one of their own and others followed or are attempting to.

But the federal government still has marijuana listed as an illegal drug, which creates uncertainties for Alaskans and others who venture into the marijuana business.

Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are co-sponsoring a bill states that marijuana prohibitions in the federal Controlled Substances Act wouldn’t apply to states and tribes that have legalized the production, possession, distribution and other delivery of marijuana and marijuana products.

Anyone under the age of 18 still wouldn’t be allowed to be employed in the marijuana industry and sales would be illegal to anyone under 21 except for medical purposes.

The bill also allows for financial transactions that meet state laws, easing financial institutions’ conflicts with conducting business with the marijuana industry.

Laws made at the level closest to the people affected by them is prudent.

So, if the marijuana experiment in Alaska proves to be as harmless as legalization supporters believe it to be, then the majority of voters on the issue made the correct decision.

If the experiment proves harmful, the Alaskans will change the decision.

But, in the end, it will be Alaskans’ decision.