Scott Woodham

"Foxweed" asks, “Now that pot is legal, there are undoubtedly many readers who have never really partaken much in the subculture. Sooner than we think, many options for smoking pot will become available, so how does one pot? I see talk of sativas and indicas , purples and reds and berries and kushes . Joints, bongs, pipes, vapes ? hash, dab etc. etc. I barely have beers and wines figured out here, help me out?”

Well, you're right, when cannabis finally becomes available for legal retail sale to adults 21 and over, the array of products will be dizzying for people who decide to check out the scene. But just like with beer and wine, you don't need to be an expert to find something you enjoy...

Scott Woodham

This week we're following up on the driving under the influence discussion published April 8 . A few Anchorage readers since then have asked for more clarity about how DUI evidence works with cannabis in Alaska's largest city...

Scott Woodham

Update, April 24, 6 p.m.: Big thanks to a Fairbanks reader who sent in a link to a News-Miner story about a new rule in his town that pertains directly to the matter treated below in an Anchorage context. The Fairbanks City Council unanimously added cannabis smoking to ordinances covering disturbing the peace, which could even apply to adults lawfully consuming pot on their own property. The rule would kick in only after a warning has been issued and disregarded...

Scott Woodham

DK wonders a few things: “How is hemp affected in the legalization of cannabis? Is hemp farming legal? Hypothetically, can I have a 5-acre hemp farm? Any information on the legality and reality of hemp cultivation/industrialization is welcomed.”

Well, sorry to bear disappointment, DK. Hemp is not yet legal to grow on a commercial scale in Alaska...

Scott Woodham

This week, we'll examine a two-part question from Roger about cannabis intoxication and impaired driving. It's been a hot topic in states where cannabis is now legal, and laws, policies and technologies are constantly evolving across the nation . The situation in Alaska is relatively stable because it apparently hasn't changed very much since voters approved the legalization of recreational pot. The Legislature has taken no action, and the ballot measure itself didn't include DUI details. Roger asks:...

Scott Woodham

When the initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Alaska took effect Feb. 24, personal home gardens of six plants total, up to three flowering at a time, became expressly permitted for any Alaskan 21 years or older. But what if someone has no idea where to begin?

There are books and magazines . Cultivation message boards and web forums seem to multiply by the day, but researching all of that and turning it into action takes time. Not to mention that talk of light frequencies, growing media, “nutes,” and techniques like ScrOG, FIM, and LST might overwhelm beginners...

Scott Woodham

The question this week comes from Doug: “Hello, I'm a smoker considering a Section 8 voucher. I suppose its up to the individual landlord, though the Alaska housing authority could have some policy already in place. Any idea? Will I be allowed to possess, use or grow in Section 8 housing?”...

Scott Woodham

Our question today involves Anchorage Municipal Ordinance 8.35.350, section 1 , which reads as follows:

It is unlawful for any person to manufacture a marijuana concentrate, hashish, or hash oil by use of solvents containing compressed flammable gases or through use of a solvent-based extraction method using a substance other than vegetable glycerin, unless the person is validly licensed and permitted in accordance with statute, regulation, or ordinance...

Scott Woodham

Last week, Highly Informed tackled the topic of public cannabis use in state parks , whether it is legal (it's not), and what the difficulties of enforcement might be.

As a follow up to that discussion, "Aces Fan" wonders:

Maybe I'm missing something, but I thought it was also illegal to drink in public and that happens a lot when people go camping/hiking/fishing in the state parks. How is marijuana any different? Are the park rangers etc. going to be ticketing people for marijuana and not alcohol?...

Scott Woodham

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