A local Alaska police officer, a retired chief state prosecutor, and a former deputy commissioner of corrections say they are voting YES on Ballot Measure 2 because marijuana prohibition has failed and law enforcement resources would be better spent addressing serious crime
ANCHORAGE — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol launched television and radio ads Wednesday featuring active duty and retired Alaska law enforcement officials explaining why they support Ballot Measure 2, the initiative on the November ballot to end marijuana prohibition in Alaska.
In one television ad, titled “The Officer,” Valdez-based police officer Jess Gondek says, “In all [his] years on the streets, it’s hard to recall a single time where marijuana use itself was the cause of a violent incident.” He then says, “As a police officer, I do believe Ballot Measure 2 will allow law enforcement to focus on more serious issues in Alaska.” Watch the ad online here.
In a second television ad, titled “The Deputy Commissioner,” a former Alaska Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner, Bill Parker, says, “The war on marijuana is wasteful and it hasn’t worked.” He notes law enforcement officials’ time and resources are limited, and he says wasting them on the enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws is like “using a hammer to go after a mosquito.” Watch the ad online here.
The Yes on 2 campaign also began airing a 60-second radio ad, titled “Voices of Reason,” that features Laurie Constantino, former chief prosecutor for the State of Alaska. She says state marijuana prohibition laws “just aren’t working” and “have caused far more problems than they’ve solved.” The ad also features Parker and Anchorage high school teacher, Kim Kole. Listen to the ad online here.
“We’ve heard from a number of active duty and retired law enforcement officials who agree marijuana prohibition has failed in Alaska,” said Chris Rempert, political director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “The current and former officials in these ads make it clear that support for regulating marijuana spans the law enforcement community. Unfortunately, many folks in law enforcement are not able to speak out publicly because they fear political reprisal.”