Mlynarik on Stepping Down as Chair and State of Marijuana

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Widespread disagreement and disappointment in Alaska after the U.S. Attorney General changed his policy on whether to prosecute marijuana type crimes.

    The federal laws and state laws disagree on the question of whether marijuana possession, sale, cultivation, and manufacturing are illegal.

    The chairman of the Alaska Marijuana control board Peter Mlynarik, the police chief in Soldotna, immediately resigned his position on the board.

    He said the main reason, is being in law enforcement, he couldn't be involved in something that might be a prosecutable offense.

    “Some of the things that concern me was that the the two Labs that are operating in the state do not have consistent results and I thought that more should be done to address that instead of waiting potentially several months to find out what the problem was.”

    He was asked what he thought the impacts of this move will be here in Alaska.

    “I don’t know. I think time will tell. It will depend; it may be significant it may be nothing.”

    “It sounds like the Attorney General has left things up to the attorneys of other states to decide on how they want to handle it. Although, I think the one from Alaska said that their enforcement would be consistent with the way it would be nationally.”

    “So, I guess it led me to believe that they're still going to be taking guidance from Attorney Sessions on how things are done, but that’s the just way I interpreted that.”

    Senator Lisa Murkowski claims to have repeatedly discouraged Sessions from changing the policy and asked him to work with states and Congress instead. She called this announcement "disruptive" and "regrettable".

    Governor Bill Walker committed to upholding the will of Alaska voters, who legalized recreational pot use for adults in 2014, a unique approach since most states legalized medical use first.


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