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Suzanna Caldwell

Independent Alaskans, known for their libertarian streak, were a key reason activists threw their support behind Alaska’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana in 2014. But with only days until the vote, it's anyone's guess whether those live-and-let-live folks will go to the polls and which way they'll vote...

Suzanna Caldwell

Last week, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the state's largest Native organization, passed a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize and tax recreational marijuana. AFN cited numerous concerns in passing the resolution, including the issue of local control, a contentious point in the debate over whether to legalize pot, and one not unique to Alaska, though it plays perhaps a more significant role here than elsewhere.

The opposition wasn’t a surprise. Native organizations -- including numerous Alaska Native corporations, tribes, and corporation CEOs -- have consistently opposed the measure...

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Despite years of advocating for marijuana legalization across the country, there’s one thing former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper hasn’t done. The 34-year law enforcement veteran has never gone door-knocking for a political campaign...

Suzanna Caldwell

Despite years of advocating for marijuana legalization across the country, there’s one thing former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper hasn’t done. The 34-year law enforcement veteran has never gone door-knocking for a political campaign.

“I’m a little scared,” he joked Tuesday, moments before he and a handful of other proponents of Ballot Measure 2, an initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska, headed out to canvass Alaskans in Anchorage’s Inlet View neighborhood...

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Opponents of marijuana legalization are concerned if Ballot Measure 2 passes, Alaskans would see an increase in butane hash oil, and with that, an increase in explosions in its production, although proponents argue the dangerous method of extraction could be strictly regulated.

The specific concern about hash oil is reflective of a larger question about the measure -- one on which the campaigns disagree: When it comes to the rule-making process outlined in the initiative, how much room is there for adding limitations?...

Suzanna Caldwell

On Nov. 4, Alaskans will decide whether the state will become the third in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It’s controversial in that the drug is still illegal at the federal level, but also because it will essentially create a new industry -- or at least a newly legitimate industry -- in the state.

Consideration of legalization puts Alaska at the forefront of the movement to allow recreational marijuana sales, following Washington and Colorado. Oregon voters also will consider a similar measure and are set to vote on the same day Alaskans will...

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In some ways, the Bear Tooth Theatrepub was the most likely of venues for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The popular concert venue is no stranger to marijuana use. Depending on the performer, fans can be seen lighting up and the distinctive, pungent smoke floats through the air.

But on Thursday night, the room was filled with debate from teams arguing for and against Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational marijuana sales and use in Alaska.

“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”...

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The state of Alaska continued challenging a ruling overturning Alaska's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday.

The state officially filed a petition with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking for “en banc” review on the lower court's decision.

The state argued in its filing that the decision from U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess was incorrect when he found Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban to be a violation of due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution...

Suzanna Caldwell

Starting next week, Alaska will have 11 new reality TV stars when “Slednecks” begins airing on MTV.

And Alaskans, by and large, are not pleased.

“This show is going to be the worst thing to happen to Alaska since Sarah Palin,” wrote one commenter on the “Slednecks” Facebook page.

“As if the Palins haven't already screwed up the Lower 48 perception of us; everyone thinks we're a bunch of dumb, drunken, perpetually pregnant hillbillies looking for a brawl,” another wrote. ...

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Snow, slush, a state holiday and complex legal maneuvering from the court system weren’t enough to stop Courtney Lamb and Stephanie Pearson from getting married...

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