Sullivan: Banning Synthetic Cocaine
KTVA's Sean Doogan asks the Mayor if a ban on synthetic cocaine will be possible, given a year after the city passed a ban on fake marijuana-the drug is still available- legally in Anchorage.
Mayor Dan Sullivan: I think most people will be voluntarily complying, but again, we will do follow up, we will do spot checks, we are not in there every day, but you know police get their gasoline at certain stations. They park in certain areas, and when they are doing other business, it doesn't take much to poke your head in and see what's on the shelves, and that's how they do it.
Sean Doogan: So does this ban the sale and distribution and possession because I went online today, just checking...and I found a wholesaler of these products...a wholesaler in Anchorage, Alaska. So, would that ban his business as well?
Mayor Dan Sullivan: Absolutley, if it becomes an illegal substance, you can't distribute an illegal substance, you can't buy an illegal substance, you can't consume an illegal substance. So, it cover the whole gammit, and again, at our level, we are only allowed to pass ordinances that create misdemeanors, and at the state level that's where they are able to ramp up the penalties to be much more severe, so it will be a few months before the legislature meets again and so there's going to be a gap time.
Sean Doogan: And is Anchorage kind of a testing bed? Because, it seems like the municipality is maybe six months ahead of the state on some of these things and does that just come from maybe working with Senator Meyer, on these or is the State looking at Anchorage to see how it actually works?
Mayor Dan Sullivan: A little bit of both. But I think you have got to keep in mind too, we are in session constantly. I mean, the city government operates legislatively you know...on every month, we meet at least several times a month. The Legislature meets for 90 days starting in January, so they are not able to for a nine month period, enact legislation. And so we have...they have to wait until their session is in play until they can actually have committee hearings and pass bills, we can do it every month, so that's the difference.