As the ballot measure allowing citizens to vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana in the State of Alaska moves forward, I started to think about some possible changes we might see in our state if the measure passes. The following are the top 7 changes our state might see if recreational use of marijuana becomes legal:
1) Tok will become the #1 tourist destination in the state and Fast Eddy’s will change its name to Whoa Dude.
2) A new State law will require all vending machines to carry Funyuns and Peggy’s pies.
3) Sharing a single joint with several people while enjoying Alaska’s scenery will be known as a “Hatcher’s Pass”.
4) The average length of Air Force One refueling stops in Alaska will increase by 17%.
5) Whether or not university students should be allowed to carry firearms on campus will drop to the #2 campus rights issue.
6) “Dude Where’s My Car?” will be reborn as an Alaskan reality show on the History Channel.
7) Outsiders will never again ask the question: “How do you deal with the darkness?”.
Holly A. Bell is an Associate Professor teaching business and economics at the Mat-Su College of the University of Alaska Anchorage in Palmer, Alaska. You can visit her website at www.professorhollybell.com or follow her on Twitter at @HollyBell8