Cities consider sanctuary status for marijuana

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) After a shift in federal policy many cities have considered extending sanctuary city designations from immigration to marijuana.

    Alaska state Rep. Adam Wool recently introduced a bill that would provide sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses.  The bill would try to protect marijuana businesses legal in Alaska from federal prosecution.

    Wool owns a movie, restaurant and concert venue in Fairbanks.

    US Attorney Jeff Sessions invalidated a 2013 policy that allowed for legalized marijuana to flourish by limiting federal enforcement of the drug, as long as states prevented it from getting to places it was outlawed and kept it from gangs and children. His action also unsettled the industry and spooked potential marijuana industry investors. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

    Law enforcement has been put in the middle.  In cases where they are working with the federal government, they wonder what will happen in cases where legal searches turn up pills,cocaine and or heroin but also marijuana.





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