State of Alaska Archives: on Drugs
Misuse of alcohol and drugs contribute to child abuse
Domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse are pandemic in Alaska.
Misuse of alcohol and drugs is a major contributing factor.
Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, WalkerMallottForAlaska.com
Nov 4, 2014
Legalizing recreational marijuana is public health risk
In 2014, Alaska considered Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Murkowski explains in this opinion piece why she plans on voting against this measure. She argues that "marijuana--like tobacco
and alcohol--is big business. Like alcohol and tobacco, the costs of marijuana to public health, public safety, our youth and lost productivity are similarly high. Therefore Measure 2 is less about freedom than it is about profit at the expense of
Murkowski notes that the risks include addiction, impaired cognitive functioning and impaired driving. She also stresses that "research provides some support for longstanding fears that use of marijuana may be a gateway to use of
other drugs with even greater known adverse health effects. Whether the mechanism is chemical, cultural or some combination of the two is less well known, but no evidence is cited to suggest that marijuana use keeps young people away from other drugs."
Source: News-Miner OpEd by L.Murkowski for 2016 Alaska Senate race
Oct 21, 2014
Mandatory prison for drugs, with substance-abuse treatment
Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Q: Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test
Sep 9, 2010
Highway fatalities down because of strict drunk driving laws
Keeping Alaskans safe on our highways is a top priority of my administration. Iím pleased to report highway fatalities in Alaska are down this year. Since July 28, Alaska has recorded 34 fatalities for the entire year of 2008, and that number is below
the decade-average of 46 at this point in the calendar year. Strict enforcement of laws regulating drunk driving, reckless driving and seatbelt use have contributed to this positive news.
Source: Alaska Governorís Office: August 2008 Newsletter
Aug 20, 2008
Maintain alcohol sale database; bar giving alcohol to minors
The governor today signed two alcohol-related bills. Senate Bill 128 is aimed at preventing bootleggers from ordering alcohol from numerous package stores in violation of local option. SB 128 requires the ABC Board, in conjunction with package store
licensees, to maintain a database documenting the sale, distribution, and purchase of alcoholic beverages, ordered in writing, from people living in damp local-option communities.
The Governor also signed House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative
Kevin Meyer. The bill closes a gap in statute by making it a non-criminal violation to permit underage people to possess alcohol in your home. Under current law (AS 04.16.050), a parent who allows their own child to possess alcohol is not subject to the
violation because they are allowed to provide alcohol to their children. Under HB 118 however, a person throwing a party where an underage person possesses alcohol, even if they were not responsible for providing the alcohol, would face a $500 fine.
Source: Governor`s P.R. 07-156, on Alaska Voting Records SB 128
Jun 25, 2007
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