The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Legalized pot questions prompt city fact sheet

Possession not legal until next week and sales still banned


The City of Valdez has posted a marijuana fact sheet on its website’s homepage.

While voters passed Measure 2, which legalized possession of marijuana and called for state lawmakers to regulate it like alcohol, questions linger due to the timelines built into the law, which is officially statute AS.17.38.

Officially, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for Alaskans over the age of 21 does not become legal until this Tuesday, Feb. 24. It is still illegal to sell marijuana, period.

Legal sales cannot commence until regulations are passed to govern sales; the state will have nine months to create that framework after the Feb. 24 date.

The fact sheet also answers questions such as whether or not landlords can prohibit renters from growing it (yes) and whether or not it will be legal to light up in public (no).

“Open and public consumption of marijuana will still be prohibited,” the city warns.

Legal limits on driving, growing marijuana at home and other issues are also presented in a question and answer format.

The fact sheet can be found front and center of the city’s website.


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