It some ways, the Bear Tooth Theaterpub 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.”
Someone in the nearly full theater of about 400 people yelled, “Boo.”Read more: Beers in hand, welcoming crowd hears both sides in marijuana debate