State of Alaska Archives: on Drugs

Bill Walker: Let states continue to experiment with pot

Attorney-General Sessions is opposed to legal marijuana, and Walker joined the governors of Washington, Oregon and Colorado in an April letter to Sessions. That letter asked Sessions to leave existing marijuana policy in place. "As governors of states that have legalized marijuana in some form, we ask the Trump Administration to engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems," that letter began.
Source: Juneau Empire on 2018 Alaska Governor race Aug 16, 2017

Bill Walker: Misuse of alcohol and drugs contribute to child abuse

Domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are pandemic in Alaska. Misuse of alcohol and drugs is a major contributing factor.
Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Lisa Murkowski: Legalizing recreational marijuana is public health risk

In 2014, Alaska considered Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Murkowski explains in this opinion piece why she plans on voting against this measure. She argues that "marijuana--like tobacco and alcohol--is big business. Like alcohol and tobacco, the costs of marijuana to public health, public safety, our youth and lost productivity are similarly high. Therefore Measure 2 is less about freedom than it is about profit at the expense of public health."

Murkowski notes that the risks include addiction, impaired cognitive functioning and impaired driving. She also stresses that "research provides some support for longstanding fears that use of marijuana may be a gateway to use of other drugs with even greater known adverse health effects. Whether the mechanism is chemical, cultural or some combination of the two is less well known, but no evidence is cited to suggest that marijuana use keeps young people away from other drugs."

Source: News-Miner OpEd by L.Murkowski for 2016 Alaska Senate race Oct 21, 2014

Joe Miller: Mandatory prison for drugs, with substance-abuse treatment

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Sarah Palin: Highway fatalities down because of strict drunk driving laws

Keeping Alaskans safe on our highways is a top priority of my administration. Iím pleased to report highway fatalities in Alaska are down this year. Since July 28, Alaska has recorded 34 fatalities for the entire year of 2008, and that number is below the decade-average of 46 at this point in the calendar year. Strict enforcement of laws regulating drunk driving, reckless driving and seatbelt use have contributed to this positive news.
Source: Alaska Governorís Office: August 2008 Newsletter Aug 20, 2008

Sarah Palin: Maintain alcohol sale database; bar giving alcohol to minors

The governor today signed two alcohol-related bills. Senate Bill 128 is aimed at preventing bootleggers from ordering alcohol from numerous package stores in violation of local option. SB 128 requires the ABC Board, in conjunction with package store licensees, to maintain a database documenting the sale, distribution, and purchase of alcoholic beverages, ordered in writing, from people living in damp local-option communities.

The Governor also signed House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative Kevin Meyer. The bill closes a gap in statute by making it a non-criminal violation to permit underage people to possess alcohol in your home. Under current law (AS 04.16.050), a parent who allows their own child to possess alcohol is not subject to the violation because they are allowed to provide alcohol to their children. Under HB 118 however, a person throwing a party where an underage person possesses alcohol, even if they were not responsible for providing the alcohol, would face a $500 fine.

Source: Governor`s P.R. 07-156, on Alaska Voting Records SB 128 Jun 25, 2007

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