Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US AK: Alaska Marijuana Testing Lab Closes, Leaving Only 2 In State

    Kansas City Star, 01 Apr 2018 - One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down, leaving the state's cannabis growers with only two options for state-mandated testing. Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post Thursday that the lab is "suspending cannabis testing operations on March 31," the Juneau Empire reported .
  2. US AK: PUB LTE: Letting Adults Have Legal Pot Keeps Teens From

    Alaska Dispatch News, 03 Sep 2016 - We understand why there are concerns about legalizing marijuana, but the fears are misplaced. There is a lot of misinformation. People with a political agenda have been lying about cannabis for quite some time. Studies have shown cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana use has never been linked to cancer, and it is physically impossible to overdose.
  3. US AK: OPED: Questions About Marijuana Businesses Persist, and

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Jul 2016 - Although the initiative to prohibit marijuana business in the Fairbanks North Star Borough outside of cities will not appear on this October's ballot, there are issues that still remain very problematic. In addition, Mr. Travis Fraser's community perspective of July 17, "Marijuana petition seeks to overturn voters' wishes," deserves a response. On Nov. 4, 2014, statewide voters adopted Proposition 2, which provided for the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. The vote was 53 percent in favor and 47 percent against. How that result was arrived at should be of concern to all Alaskans. Those Alaskans opposing Prop. 2 spent a total of $267,612 to defeat it. The other side, supporting Prop. 2, included two powerful drug advocacy groups based in Washington, D.C.: Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy Alliance. They contributed $855,350 to promote the passage of Prop. 2. How much support for this issue was mobilized with $855,350?
  4. US AK: PUB LTE: Pot Is Not A Play Toy

    Alaska Dispatch News, 16 Jul 2016 - "Smoking cannabis is safe" (Letters, July 15): Cannabis is a drug. Like all drugs, its use can be problematic. Fed studies show about 9 percent of users become addicted. It is not a play toy. I would give it the same rules and respect as a beer.
  5. US AK: PUB LTE: Smoking Cannabis Is Safe

    Alaska Dispatch News, 15 Jul 2016 - I would like to answer Patricia's question. She asks, is marijuana a safe smoking product? The answer is yes. Compared to tobacco and most other substances, cannabis is safe to smoke. It does not cause cancer and even has some preventative properties. - - Dave Lane
  6. US AK: LTE: Public Consumption Of Marijuana

    Alaska Dispatch News, 13 Jul 2016 - I am very much dismayed about the proposed cafe regulation. Didn't we just ban all smoking in restaurants and bars? Didn't we decide that smoking was harmful to your health? Is marijuana a safe smoking product? We have banned tobacco and e-cigarettes and now will allow smoking again. If a person wants to smoke marijuana, do it in private just as those who use tobacco do.
  7. US AK: Anti-marijuana Efforts Surge In Borough

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02 Jun 2016 - FAIRBANKS - Efforts are underway to stop marijuana businesses from opening in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A Salcha man is launching an initiative with hopes to keep legal marijuana trade out of the borough, while the president of a strip mall condominium association maintains pot shops are prohibited in the River Mall on College Road under condo association rules because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
  8. US AK: Burnout: The Rise And Fall Of A Pot Club

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02 May 2016 - FAIRBANKS - When Megan and Marcus Mooers started thinking about opening a private marijuana club, they knew they wanted the name to have the initials THC. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.
  9. US AK: LTE: Our 'Windfall' Is Going to Pot

    Alaska Dispatch News, 16 Apr 2016 - The mayor announces a $14 million surplus. Whee! I'm sure he will use it to mitigate the 7 percent increase in property taxes that he proposes. Whoops - there I go, daydreaming again. But maybe the pot tax will help us. Whoops again - that measly 5 percent will only bring in a half million or so. And it's mostly earmarked for regulating pot, for APD pot training and for educating the public on the use of pot. Wasn't one of the arguments for legalizing pot the idea that its taxes would bring in a flood of money to help reduce our present shortfall?