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S.1152 - SAFE Banking Act (2017-2018)
"Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, each said they were disappointed with the decision, and Sullivan said he "will be examining new and existing legislative proposals and working to ensure the rights of Alaskans and the state of Alaska are protected.""
Sullivan says Alaska's new marijuana industry is a state issue. He says he's been working with state officials on the federal regulations challenging the industry such as banking and prosecutorial discretion. He says he will continue to work with the U.S. Justice Department on those issues because Congressional support is iffy.U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan says marijuana is a state's rights issue.
"There is growing scientific evidence documenting the health risks associated with marijuana use including adverse effects on the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and possibly the immune and reproductive systems. However, I also understand the great importance of preserving the rights bestowed to the States."
U.S. Sen. Sullivan: "My staff and I have had a couple of meetings with Governor Walker's administration officials to try to work through the complexities of a state system where marijuana has been legalized by the vote of the people, so even though I didn't vote for that, I recognize that it's a vote of the Alaskan people so I very much respect that. And then the federal system that hasn't gotten there, whether it's banking, whether it's criminal laws and how you mesh the two. It's not 100% clear where we would have to change federal laws to enable states that have chosen to do what Alaska did, like Oregon, like Colorado, to move forward. So we are working with the federal agencies, we are working with the state of Alaska, we're working with some of the other states, I'm working with some of the other senators on first understanding what the exact issues are and how to address them. It is complex, like I said."
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