Pubdate: Fri, 17 Jul 2015
Source: Alaska Dispatch News (AK)
Copyright: 2015 Alaska Dispatch Publishing
Note: Anchorage Daily News until July '14
Author: Alan Rice


I don't smoke pot but I defer to the many Alaskans who have opted to 
make it legal. Now watching from the comfort of my heavily stuffed 
armchair I watch as our government makes the rules of the road for 
using marijuana; rules that will probably make it more difficult to 
use than when it was illegal. For example, you can't consume it in 
public (no one has clearly defined public), you can only have six 
plants of which only three can be flowering (as determined by the 
city's newly appointed on-call forensic botanist), and now my 
favorite fresh from the Assembly (drum roll please) ... you have to 
keep it in your trunk when transporting it and if you have a vehicle 
without a trunk you'll be arrested for not having a trunk.

I think you can see where this is going. Here are some simple rules 
free of charge. If you smoke don't drive anything, don't give it to 
kids, and if you operate a public conveyance or work in a lifesaving 
capacity or you carry a gun for a living you can't be high when you 
are performing those duties. Other than that, have at it.

And for naysayers - get over it. You lost. Pot is legal. Stop making 
our Assembly make stupid, embarrassing rules. Don't make the cure 
worse than the disease.

- - Alan Rice

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