Cannabis store owner ponders what's next after Session's announcement
Attorney General Jeff Session's announcement that he plans to change the way federal marijuana laws are enforced has many Alaskans concerned, particularly people who own marijuana businesses.
Jane Stimson is a co-owner of Enlighten Alaska, a cannabis store in Spenard. She said she had a strong reaction when she heard the news Thursday morning.
"It's ridiculous, it's unreasonable and it doesn't make sense," said Stinson. "It's confusing the industry."
Stinson's family-owned business opened a year ago. She said the investment took her "entire life savings." Now, her livelihood is under threat from the U.S. Attorney General.
"It doesn't make sense to open up the floodgates for prosecution for a legal industry where we are following all of the regulations," she said.
Stinson and many others want to know what comes next, but the answer to that question is unclear.
Alaska's U.S. Attorney, Bryan Schroder, said in a statement that he plans to prioritize, "violent crime, including as it stems from the scourge of drug trafficking". He didn't say where Alaska's marijuana industry fits into that picture.
Stinson isn't convinced there will be big changes, but she can't be sure.
"It's just a wait-and-see situation, but it's very disappointing."
She said it's hard to run a business when you don't know what laws will be enforced.
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