Respect Our Authority on Cannabis, Alaska House Tells Feds

Published on March 20, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House is asking the federal government not to interfere in state-authorized cannabis businesses.

The nonbinding resolution now goes to the Senate, where it may not pass so easily.

The House voted 38-0 Monday to pass a nonbinding resolution asking the feds to respect Alaska’s authority to regulate cannabis use, production and distribution.

The resolution also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of cannabis as a controlled substance.

The measure next goes to the Senate, which has resisted consideration of a formal statement offered by Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner that pushes back against a shift in federal enforcement policy on the drug under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In January, Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, the Obama-era guidance that limited federal enforcement of the drug. That 2013 guidance allowed the adult-use cannabis industry to flourish in states that have legalized marijuana. 

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