Town of North Pole Green-Lights Pot Sales
And they have Santa Claus to thank. Medical marijuana has been legal in Alaska since February, but individual cities have the right to decide whether to allow dispensaries to set up shop. The town of North Pole’s debate saw a resident named Santa Claus argue that if the 2,000-strong Fairbanks suburb couldn’t sell it, he’d have to travel into the big city for his prescribed weed. The city council voted in his favor, but Claus won’t be having a green Christmas: Regulatory wrangling means the state’s pot shops won’t open until 2016.