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Weekend Weirdness: North Pole is About to Get Even More Holly Jolly

Alaska residents voted to legalize recreational cannabis in last November's mid-term election, and February 2015 marked the official debut of legal recreational marijuana. One caveat to the law is that individual towns are free to block retail cannabis sales, and one Christmassy town tried to do exactly that.

The town of North Pole, Alaska, recently voted to decide whether or not to allow the existence of recreational cannabis stores. In a 5-2 ruling, the City Council voted against the town banning retail sales. Even a man named Santa Claus admitted to being a medical marijuana patient and spoke out in favor of bringing retail cannabis to the jolliest place in Alaska:

"As far as the image goes here at North Pole, how do most people perceive Santa Claus? I would say Santa Claus is a pretty jolly fellow."

That's right, folks, Santa Claus (or at least a guy with the same name) is pro-cannabis and (the) North Pole (Alaska) is cool with having a little more green than red this holiday. No word yet on what the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy think about our country's shift towards being more cannabis-friendly, but I'm thinking they'd be all for it considering munchie-popular strains could lead to a larger consumption of Easter candy, which means a higher likelihood of cavities, which means both characters would benefit from legalization. It's entirely reasonable to conclude, therefore, that cannabis is a win-win for all mythical characters. #JustSayKnow