A marijuana leaf in the vegetative room at a cannabis cultivator in Fairbanks, Alaska. Some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed marijuana businesses, hoping to protect them from a shift in federal enforcement policy. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP, File)

Alaska House to feds: Stay out of the state’s marijuana industry

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House is asking the federal government not to interfere in state-authorized marijuana businesses.

The House voted 38-0 Monday to pass a nonbinding resolution asking the feds to respect Alaska’s authority to regulate marijuana use, production and distribution.

The resolution also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance.

The measure next goes to the Senate, which has resisted consideration of a formal statement offered by Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner that pushes back against a shift in federal enforcement policy on the drug under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions in January rescinded Obama-era guidance that limited federal enforcement of the drug, allowing for the cannabis industry to flourish in states that have legalized marijuana.

Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

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