Sales of marijuana became legal in Alaska in February 2015 and sales are expected to begin at some point in 2016. Many communities are looking at either banning sales within their community or at least passing temporary moratoriums. In North Pole, AK the city council voted to reject a measure that would ban dispensaries.
Even Santa Claus testified in favor of having pot sales in North Pole. A real dude and medical marijuana patient who’s real legal name is Santa Claus, according to the Alaskan news source News Miner made a speech before the North Pole city council on the issue. “As far as the image goes here at North Pole, how do most people perceive Santa Claus?” Claus said. “I would say Santa Claus is a pretty jolly fellow.”
The issue is that some feel allowing marijuana sales in the community may take away from the Christmas theme. Santa Claus disagrees. “I would like to have access to medical marijuana here in North Pole and not have to travel to Fairbanks to get it.”
Alaska is still working out the exact regulations that will govern how marijuana can be sold or dispensed. In the past, the community often took a very black and white stance against use and possession of marijuana, so the fact that the city council voted to approve sales in 2016 is a progressive step forward.
Interestingly enough, voters in North Pole actually rejected the legalization of marijuana when it was on a statewide ballot. “We sell alcohol in this town,” said Councilman Kevin McCarthy. “We sell cigarettes in this town. We sell guns in this town. Where are you going to draw the line?”
For residents for Christmas in 2016, there might be something new hanging over doorways to invite a holiday kiss. We’ll give you a hint. It won’t be mistletoe.