Impacts of Alaska’s Rec Law Continue to Spread

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An Alaska town has rolled back laws surrounding marijuana use and possession amid fears the local ordinances may violate state law.

The Wasilla, Alaska, city council removed a law prohibiting cooking infused edibles in home kitchens in its city limits, and also axed a 2-ounce limit on the amount of cannabis that can be carried in one vehicle.

The changes negated local laws that may have been in conflict with state law or the Alaska Constitution.

Medical marijuana consumers had told councilors that Wasilla’s regulations were overly harsh, and council member Gretchen O’Barr said it was “kind of silly” that MMJ is legal in the state but dispensaries are not. Still, she said, she’s against cannabis manufacturing companies moving to the town.

The statewide marijuana legalization initiative which passed in in November 2014 did not receive the support of a majority of Wasilla residents.

Lawmakers in Anchorage, the state’s biggest city, last month decided to restrict cannabis production to only those with government licenses.