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August 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Alaska mayors conference urges voting against pot initiative

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Conference of Mayors is taking a stand on the marijuana initiative before voters in November.

KTVA-Television reports the mayors have passed a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by people 21 and older.

The mayors conference is also donating $5,000 to the anti-initiative campaign, “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2.”

Bristol Bay Borough Mayor Dan O’Hara says mayors are concerned with the message that legal pot would send to youth.

Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson says her community doesn’t have the money for the extra patrols it will take to police legal marijuana.

Ballot measure supporters say Alaska could earn $20 million in state taxes in the first year of legalized pot.

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