The opinionated Anchorage mayoral candidate Paul Bauer Jr. took a side-swipe on Facebook at fellow candidate for mayor Assemblywoman Amy Demboski over her proposed ordinance to ban pot in Anchorage, which failed.
My position: Marijuana. I did not vote for Ballot Measure #2, the legislation to legalize the drug marijuana in our community. I could not support legalizing inhaling a drug substance as I view it as a toxin to my body and to others around me.
However, contrary to the oppositions statements of a slim margin win; the people of Alaska spoke with a 53-47 percentage approval to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
The ordinance by a mayoral candidate on the Assembly to “opt out” of the discussionon the commercialization of cannabis within city limits was immature and disrespectful to the legislature and voters. It was wrong and irresponsible. Nine of the eleven Assembly members agreed.
Having Anchorage sit on the sidelines while the rest of state had a voice in developing the standards for commercial use was not a good strategy.
I believe Anchorage has an opportunity to show the rest of the nation that we can develop comprehensive measures to protect our community and support the wishes of the majority.
Anchorage should be First before political self-interests.