The general election is less than two months away, and the issue of legalizing pot is lighting up.

The debate has become heated among members of the Alaska Republican Party, with people on both sides of the aisle.

Three Alaska Republicans joined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol at a press conference Wednesday to announce a new coalition supporting Ballot Measure 2.

The coalition consists of Eddie Burke, radio host and Tea Party member, and Dani Bickford.

Bickford is the wife of the campaign’s spokesman, Taylor Bickford.

Also in the coalition is Bruce Schulte, a district chairman with the Alaska Republican Party. Schulte says marijuana is safer than alcohol, and the state could profit from regulating it.

“It’s time we look a fresh look at this issue and implement sensible rules for law abiding adults,” Schulte said. “Let’s take this industry out of the shadows, regulate it and tax it like alcohol and allow law enforcement to focus on serious crime.”

Recreational marijuana brought in more than $30 million in tax revenue since January, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. That number was significantly less than the $100 million Colorado’s governor predicted it would bring in.

Peter Goldberg, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, says the party is against legalizing recreational marijuana. The party passed a resolution in May opposing Ballot Measure 2.

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