State of Alaska Archives: on Drugs

Dan Sullivan: Co-sponsored SAFE Banking Act for cannabis businesses

The SAFE Banking Act would enable banks and credit unions to do business with cannabis-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the SAFE Banking Act in the Senate alongside Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Gardner joins Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, along with Kentucky's Rand Paul and North Dakota's Kevin Cramer, as the five Republican co-sponsors.
Source: on 2020 Alaska Senate race Jun 7, 2019

Dan Sullivan: Opposed pot legalization; but willing to support voter will

We had our referendum in 2014, state referendum. I got asked about it a lot. I was not supportive. Well, it passed with really strong numbers. So my view on that was "Look, I'm a believer in the 10th amendment and constituents strongly supported a referendum," and I was going to try to be supportive of the federal elements that you could execute it on.
Source: Homer News on 2020 Alaska Senate race Mar 21, 2019

Mike Dunleavy: More enforcement but also more drug treatment

We will provide the focus & the resources necessary to combat the scourge of opiates and other illicit drugs driving up our crime rates and ruining lives: additional State Troopers, and more prosecutors.

For those Alaskans who have made a mistake and have gotten involved with opiates or other drugs and want help, we are a compassionate people. Therefore, as part of our public safety approach we will provide ways for you to break this habit and get back into society and be productive individuals.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Alaska legislature Jan 22, 2019

Dan Sullivan: Co-sponsored bill directing VA to research medical marijuana

The first Senate marijuana bill of the new Congress, introduced by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), would direct the VA to conduct clinical trials on the effectiveness of medical marijuana in the treatment of conditions common among military veterans. Sullivan said, "Many of our nation's veterans already use medicinal cannabis, and they deserve to have full knowledge of the potential benefits and side effects of this alternative therapy."
Source: on 2020 Alaska Senate race Jan 18, 2019

Mike Dunleavy: Comprehensive approach including prosecution & interdiction

Public safety, I think, has got to be job No. 1 for this next administration, my administration. Even if that solution takes a generation, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving did.

Our statistics are terrible. It's affecting a lot of Alaskans. It's impacting many businesses. I don't think there's an Alaskan that's either not been impacted by crime or knows somebody that's not been impacted by crime. So we're going to have to increase our trooper numbers. Prosecuting attorneys, we have to have the right number of prosecuting attorneys. We have to have the courts opened on Fridays. We have to have a comprehensive approach to dealing with this issue, including dealing with the opioid issues, the heroin issue and making sure that we're working closely with the federal government to prosecute and interdict drugs coming into the state.

Source: Anchorage Daily News on 2018 Alaska gubernatorial race Aug 16, 2018

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

Matthew Corey: Decriminalize medical marijuana

Source: VoteSmart Alaska 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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