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Anchorage Assembly members won't back marijuana measure


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Assembly is giving the thumbs down to legalizing pot.

KSKA reports ( assembly members representing the state's largest city this week voted 9-2 to oppose Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

Some Assembly members cited an increase in robberies in Colorado, where the drug is legal under state law. But it's still illegal under federal law, and putting that money in a bank would be considered laundering. That means many businesses have lots of cash on hand

Assembly Chairman Patrick Flynn opposed the vote, saying it wasn't something the assembly shouldn't weigh in on. He says, "Frankly, the voters don't care what we think."

Other assembly members say their constituents asked for the vote because the measure endangers public safety.

Information from: KSKA-FM,

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