Alaska Rescinds Marijuana Rule Meant to Limit Coronavirus Spread Due To Federal Prohibition

Alaska Rescinds Marijuana Rule Meant to Limit Coronavirus Spread Due To Federal Prohibition

Alaska marijuana regulators abruptly reversed themselves last week, repealing their own policy meant to limit the spread of coronavirus because they feared federal law preempted the state action. The state Marijuana Control Board said on Thursday that emergency regulations passed last month, which briefly allowed cannabis products to be transported unaccompanied to Alaska’s remote regions by boat or airplane, conflict with federal law “and are therefore invalid.” “While the intent of this measure was to limit the need for individuals to enter into small communities off of established road systems and potentially prevent the spread of Covid19, the emergency regulations conflict with and are preempted by federal law applicable to commercial air and marine carriers and are therefore invalid,” the board wrote in a memo last week. “A repeal is necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, safety, and the general welfare.” Regulators had first adopted the transportation policy at an emergency meeting on April 17. Many of the state’s cannabis businesses had recently been deemed essential, the board noted at the time, and yet state and federal authorities were warning “that limiting the travel of individuals, including those that do not even know they carry the virus, is paramount to containing the spread of the virus.” Even the state’s essential businesses are required to restrict travel between communities. To protect public health, the cannabis board reasoned that it could “halt the need for travel by employees and agents of those licensees altogether if marijuana or marijuana products can…

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