Alaska Legislature Approves Resolution Urging Federal Government to Respect Their State’s Marijuana Law

Alaska’s full legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to respect their marijuana laws, and to consider a change in federal law.

House Joint Resolution No. 21 was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate. The House concurred with the Senate’s version on April 20.

The resolution urges the federal government” to respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution and to honor previous federal guidance on marijuana policy”, and urges them “to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.”

Alaska is one of nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal, thanks to a citizen’s initiative passed in 2014. The law allows those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, which they can purchase from a state-licensed marijuana retail outlet.

The full text of House Joint Resolution No. 21 can be found by clicking here.

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