Although recreational marijuana is now legal to possess and consume in Alaska, cannabis sales are most decidedly not.
That distinction was highlighted last week when a marijuana delivery service employee was detained and his car impounded.
The driver, who works for a company called Absolutely Chronic Delivery Company (ACDC), was surrounded by local cops after making a delivery to a local hotel.
A co-owner of ACDC told a local television station that the police had no justification for the action, since the company isn’t selling marijuana. Rather, the company contends that it donates cannabis to customers in exchange for a $10 delivery fee.
That doesn’t matter, according to the chair of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board, because there are still no regulations in place for marijuana businesses.
“The laws that apply to the commercial sales of marijuana haven’t changed,” Bruce Schulte, the chair of the board, told the TV station. “Until those laws are changed by our legislature, those are the laws of the land.”
ACDC has had multiple vehicles impounded already by the police, but the company’s co-owner says he has no plans to cease operating or to seek a license once statewide regulations are established.
“Take our vehicles. We have more,” Michael Crites, ACDC’s co-owner, told the station. “We have lots of members in our communities that are willing to donate lots of vehicles. Let’s play.”