Article by Nikki Carvajal, KTUU via News 22 WWLP
As communities across Alaska try to figure out how to handle the new legalized marijuana industry, many are opting out.
Among those just saying no is the tiny town of North Pole, and that’s not sitting well with the town’s most famous resident: Santa Claus has put medical marijuana on his “nice” list.
The man who legally changed his name to “Santa Claus” is deeply religious, a monk, and a child advocate. That’s why he changed his name.
“It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. It helps,” Santa says.
He’s served as an elected city council member in North Pole for almost a year. Before that he worked in government, specializing in security and law enforcement.
“Director of the Terrorism Research Communication Center from ’78 to ’86, and was Chief of Safety and Security for the US Virgin Islands Port Authority, was a member of FEMA’s National Defense Executive Reserve,” he says.