In April, Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board passed emergency regulations that briefly permitted cannabis products to be transported to Alaska’s remote regions by boat or airplane, unaccompanied.
On May 7, Alaska repealed that policy, which the board now says conflicts with Federal Aviation Administration policy.
- The state believed a repeal necessary to preserve public peace and safety. “While the intent of this measure was to limit the need for individuals to enter into small communities off established road systems and potentially prevent the spread of COVID-19, the emergency regulations conflict with and are preempted by federal law applicable to commercial air and marine carriers and are therefore invalid,” the board wrote in a memo last week.
- Interpretation of this law is murky. Los Angeles International Airport has allowed passengers to carry state-legal marijuana on planes since 2018.