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Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control Marijuana Initiative FAQs

  • Can I sell or buy marijuana legally starting today?

No. Per AS 15.45.220, the act becomes effective 90 days after certification. Until that date, all current statutes and regulations relating to marijuana are in full force and effect.

  • Is the ABC Board keeping a list of individuals or businesses interested in starting a marijuana business that I can put my name on?

No. The act gives a time period for developing regulations for licensing marijuana growers and sellers. These regulations must be written and codified before individuals or businesses may apply for licenses.

  • Will individual communities be able to opt out of marijuana manufacture and sales?

Yes. The act provides for local option elections that permit a community in Alaska to opt out of manufacture and sales of marijuana. Communities will continue to be bound by authority regarding individual constitutional privacy rights as set forth by the Supreme Court in Ravin v. Alaska.

  • What types of licenses will be available?

The types of licenses and process for acquiring them have yet to be determined. The act gives a time period of nine months for the State of Alaska to develop regulations for licensing.

  • Who is going to write the regulations for marijuana manufacture and sales?

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has been tasked with drafting the regulations relating to the manufacture and sale of marijuana products. The initiative also allows the Legislature to create a separate Marijuana Control Board if they desire which could assume the responsibility for crafting the regulations governing the marijuana industry.

  • Who will administer the licenses and enforce regulatory restrictions on the licenses?

The act provides that the ABC Board will be responsible for regulating marijuana like alcohol unless the legislature creates a separate Marijuana Control Board.

Campaigning for marijuana reform in Alaska and the Nation.

My testimony before the Lt. Governor’s commission:

Patent US6630507 “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”

US Government hypocrisy knows no limit: “Under U.S. federal law, marijuana is defined as having no medical use. So it might come as a surprise to hear that the government owns one of the only patents on marijuana as a medicine. The patent (US6630507) is titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” and was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October 2003.” Get it? How many critically ill patients have been forced to suffer while a completely natural therapeutic alternative has been withheld from them? How many billions of dollars have gone to Big Pharma for synthetic drugs that have horrible side effects while an herb that can grow in your garden has been prohibited? How many lives — predominantly minorities — have been ruined by the senseless prosecution of cannabis possession as a Schedule I drug? How many billions of dollars has the government wasted losng the “war on drugs” while prohibition has empowered violent criminal organizations? Legalizing cannabis is essential for human rights, civil rights and common decency. The issue is clear. The time is now.

a quantity of marijuana weed

NYPD & Criminal Prosecution

Photo of yard 59 Herzl Street Blkyn where a quantity of marijuana weed is growing

Capt. Mooney Narcotic Sqd., Det. O’Neill June 6th 1935,+Brooklyn,+NY+11212/@40.668467,-73.915307,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c25c6056a405e7:0xc03dc84a8df5e8da


Celebstoner Interview: Willie Nelson

How the Lion King got Marijuana to the World

captain-robert-knoxRobert Knox was an English sea captain in the service of the British East India Company. He was born to another sea captain, also called Robert Knox, on  the 8th of February in 1641 and he died on the 19th of June in 1720.

He joined his father’s crew on the ship Anne for his first voyage to India in 1655, at the age of 14, before returning to England in 1657. That year, Oliver Cromwell issued a charter granting the East India Company a monopoly of the Eastern trade, requiring the elder Knox and his crew to join the service of the Company.

The two Knoxes sailed for Persia in January 1658. They suffered the loss of the ship’s mast in a storm on 19 November 1659, forcing them to put ashore on Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. The ship was impounded and sixteen of the crew, including the Knoxes, were taken captive by the troops of the Kandyan king, Rajasinghe II, or Kirti Sri Rajasinha, King of Kandy. Rajasinha means the King of Lions (or the Lion King). 

There can be little doubt that Mr Knox came to know the potent strain of Hemp grown in Ceylon during his time there.

. Robert Knox Jr. eventually escaped with one companion, Stephen Rutland, after nineteen years of captivity. The two men were able to reach Arippu, a Dutch fort on the north-west coast of the island. The Dutch treated Knox generously and transported him to Batavia (now Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies, from where he was able to return home on an English vessel, the Caesar. He arrived back in London in September 1680.

ceylon-wildmanDuring the voyage Knox wrote the manuscript of An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon, an account of his experiences on Ceylon, which was published in 1681. The book was accompanied by engravings showing the inhabitants, their customs and agricultural techniques. It attracted widespread interest at the time and made Knox internationally famous, influencing Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as well as sparking a friendship with Robert Hooke of the Royal Society. It is one of the earliest and most detailed European accounts of life on Ceylon and is today seen as an invaluable record of the island in the 17th century.

Knox became a close friend and collaborator of Robert Hooke, for whom he frequently brought back gifts from his travels. In return, Hooke took Knox to the local coffeehouses for chocolate and tobacco, then considered luxuries. On one occasion, Knox presented Hooke with samples of “a strange intoxicating herb like hemp” which he dubbed “Indian hemp” or “Bangue”; it is better known today as cannabis indica, a plant which was unknown at the time in Europe. Hooke gave an address to the Society in December 1689 in which he provided what was the first detailed description of cannabis in English, commending its possible curative properties and noting that Knox “has so often experimented it himself, that there is no Cause of Fear, tho’ possibly there may be of Laughter.”

Robert Hooke had more than a few small successes in his life. Inventing the watch spring and escape mechanism, Hooke discovered the law of elasticity which bears his name, Hooke argued for an attracting principle of gravitation in Micrographia of 1665. Hooke’s 1666 Royal Society lecture “On gravity” added two further principles – that all bodies move in straight lines till deflected by some force and that the attractive force is stronger for closer bodies. Hooke coined the term cell for describing biological organisms, Hooke in a 1682 lecture to the Royal Society proposed mechanistic model of human memory which would bear little resemblance to the mainly philosophical models before it.This model would address the components of encoding, memory capacity, repetition, retrieval, and forgetting—some with surprising modern accuracy. This work, overlooked for nearly 200 years would share a variety of similarities with Richard Semon’s work of 1919/1923, both assuming memories were physical and located in the brain.

3 Months Since Legalizing Marijuana, Here’s What Colorado Looks Like

The news: Colorado’s pot sales are booming.

The state’s Department of Revenue reports that marijuana retailers sold nearly $19 million in recreational weed in March, up from $14 million in February. The first three months of legal weed have netted about $7.3 million in taxes, not including medical marijuana sales taxes and licenses, which bring the number to $12.6 million. In it’s first few months, Colorado could already soon be outpacing those historic first-day sales on a daily basis.

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Today I would like to issue an open challenge to Smart Approaches to Marijuana from, I will address the claims made in their PDF Ten messages against legalization.

I would love to hear a rebuttal from them on my points, but I don’t believe for one minute that they will respond to honest concerns in an open forum.

1.Marijuana legalization will usher in America’s new version of “Big Tobacco.”

•Already, private holding groups and financiers have raised millions of startup dollars to promote businesses that will sell marijuana and marijuana related merchandise.
•Cannabis food and candy is being marketed to children and are already responsible for a growing number of marijuana related ER visits. Edibles with names such as “Ring Pots” and “Pot Tarts” are inspired by common children candy and desserts. Several, profitable vending machines containing products such as marijuana brownies are emerging throughout the country

The former head of Strategy for Microsoft has said that he wants to “mint more millionaires than Microsoft” with marijuana and that he wants to create the “Starbucks of marijuana.”

No, it won’t, “Big Tobacco” is marketing an addictive poison that kills thousands every year. Marijuana has not killed anyone in all recorded history. Private enterprise thriving in America is a good thing, for Americans, it is a bad thing for Mexican Drug Cartels that by your own figures will stand to loose 25% of their American illegal drug market. Alcohol has “Lemonaide Icy Pops, Booze filled Chocolate candy, Rum Cake, and any manner of comestibles involving alcohol in some manner, why should much safer (by leagues) marijuana be held to such a vastly higher standard than a poison? Which Cartel has donated the most money to you for aiding them in their business?

2.Marijuana use will increase under legalization

  • Because they are accessible and available, our legal drugs are used far more than our illegal ones. According to recent surveys, alcohol use is used by 52% of Americans and tobacco is used by 27% of Americans. Marijuana is used by 8% of Americans.
  • When RAND researchers analyzed California’s 2010 effort to legalize marijuana, they concluded that the price of the drug could plummet and therefore marijuana consumption could increase.

By your logic we should immediately make alcohol and tobacco illegal and reduce their use by at least 30 to 40%.
Tobacco and Alcohol are both addictive, dependency producing drugs. Marijuana has some minor psychological addictive properties, (“Wow, I like this stuff, I don’t want to stop!”) but no demonstrated physical addictive properties.

3. Marijuana is especially harmful to kids and adolescents.


  • Marijuana contributes to psychosis and schizophrenia, addiction for 1 in 6 kids who ever use it once, and it reduces IQ among those who started smoking before age 18
  • According to data from the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse, alcohol and cigarettes were the most readily accessible substances for youth 12 to 17, with 50% and 44%, respectively, reporting that they could obtain them within a day. Youth were least likely to report that they could get marijuana within a day (31%); 45% report that they would be unable to get marijuana at all.

Marijuana makes psychosis and schizophrenia easier to identify when it is already present, it does not contribute to it other than making cases easier to identify at an earlier age and therefore properly treat sooner.
Your whole access argument is a smoke screen not even worth addressing. If Kid’s get booze and cigs they get sick and puke or die. If they get Pot they get paranoid and eat too much Pizza. Am I advocating weed for kids? No, I’m telling you to stop holding them up like hostage shields.

4.Today’s marijuana is NOT your Woodstock weed.

  • In the 1960s and ‘70s, THC levels of the marijuana smoked by baby boomers averaged around 1%, increasing to just under 4% in 1983, and almost tripling in the subsequent 30 years to around 11% in 2011.

As marijuana potency has increased so has the overall understanding by Americans that it has no true harmful effects. I have had marijuana that tested at 22% THC and it was quite delightful. Honey Oil is vastly higher in THC and again there has never been a death reported from the use of this concentrate. More is better, we need 80% THC and 90% CBD strains!

5. Marijuana legalization will increase public costs.

  • For every $1 in alcohol and tobacco tax revenues, society loses $10 in social costs, from accidents to health damage.

Yea, and What the FUCK does that have to do with Marijuana?? Marijuana HEALS people, it does not hurt them.

  • The Lottery and other forms of gambling have not solved our budget problems, either. Few people are currently in prison for marijuana possession (in fact, only 0.1 % of prisoners with no prior offenses) and current alcohol arrest rates are over three times higher than marijuana arrest rates.

Your figures, as usual, are manipulated and in gross error. “According to the US Department of Justice,  30-40 percent of all current prison admissions involve crimes that have no direct or obvious victim other than the perpetrator,” the report shows. “The drug category constitutes the largest offense category, with 31 percent of all prison admissions resulting from such crimes.” Nearly a third of all prison admissions are from non violent drug offenses!” I would address you next 5 statements but they are just as bloted with useless code as the first 5 and I don’t feel like spending another hour cleaning it up so I can post it here. If I do get any response to the first 5 I’ll consider posting the last 5.

In closing, SAM, you should be ashamed, lies, scare tactics, data manipulation to show things that are not actually there, you seem to be pulling every trick from the Third Reichs Disinformation Minister’s guide to creating a “truth” from lies.

Alaskan Doctors

Dear Alaskan Doctors,

If you are willing to prescribe medical cannabis I will advertise your services free. I will not exact any commission for referrals or charge for accessing the list of Cannabis friendly doctors or clinics.

Please send an email to with your name, address, basic rate and preferred contact method.

Angel-Caduceus-tattoo-pictureAlaskan Doctors willing to prescribe marijuana
according to the laws of the state of Alaska.


Releaf AlaskaCall 250-5453. Releaf Alaska! Thanks! – Medical & Health





AC Medical – Great guys, I have met with them and they are dedicated to providing service with a (illegal) smile.

(THC Medical Clinic has a psychopath running the place, we cannot recommend the THC Medical Clinic to anyone)

Fairbanks: None

Juneau: None

Kenai: None

Nome: None


msimTy R. Vincent, MD

I have had an intense interest in complementary and alternative medicine since before attending medical school, reading two of Andrew Weil’s books in 1997.  I have continued to ask difficult questions about health and wellness and pursue the answers in many directions, with ongoing education efforts.

Our office is in the Hull Building, one block West of the intersection of Bogard and Main Street in downtown Wasilla.

Mat-Su Integrative Medicine, LLC
Address: 545 N. Knik St., Unit B

Wasilla, Alaska 99654

Phone: 907-357-2322


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Robert Klein – Medical Marijuana

Robert Klein. From his HBO special, Unfair and Unbalanced. (HBO, June 2010)


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Safety Briefing
KHIGH Lets Talk Pot

Attention Alaska Doctors
If you would like to have patient referrals send me an email. I assure you I will utilize absolute discretion in my referral process, not even releasing your name, only directions to the clinic and what to ask the person at the front desk. we will NOT make the information available on the internet. Alaskans NEED you to help them help themselves! Send an email to with instructions for how you wish to have patients sent to you. We need Drs all across Alaska to start doing the right thing and we will help you do it with out exposing you to scorn from the narrow minded.
Medical Marijuana License
If you feel the need to obtain a Medical Card here is a link to the State Website
Alaska DHSS Pot Page
Marijuana Application Packet PDF
Check here to get your prescription in the Anchorage Area