Parnell won't study pot measure ahead of vote


by Your Alaska Link News Team

Gov. Sean Parnell says he won't use state resources to study the implications of legalizing marijuana unless voters approve a pot initiative this fall.

Parnell says he would work to implement the initiative if it passes in November, but says he personally opposes the measure, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by those 21 years of age or older.

Reports say it doesn't send the right message to kids.

Voters in Colorado and Washington approved similar measures in 2012.

Parnell says Alaska will have the benefit of learning from what happened there. But he says he won't ask state employees to prepare for possible legalization in the months leading to the vote. He says the Department of Law should focus on its existing workload.