Residents of the North Pole and Santa Claus are at odds over marijuana.
Last month, residents of the North Pole, Alaska, a tiny suburb of Fairbanks, voted to ban marijuana businesses within its city limits.
But there’s one small problem: The city’s most famous resident is a medical marijuana patient. Yes, Santa Claus.
Thomas O’Connor legally changed his name in 11 years ago to Santa Claus. O’Connor, aka Santa, is also a cancer patient. He uses marijuana to help ease the devastating symptoms of cancer.
“I think they are not in this particular instance are not embracing the spirit of love,” he told Alaska’s KTUU. “I think what they’re doing is engendering hate, which comes from fear.”
In October, the city voted in favor of Proposition 7, a ballot initiative banning commercial marijuana. So Santa travels to Fairbanks to buy his legal medicine.
“I’m sad to report that a majority of North Pole voters voted to ban dispensaries in North Pole. Personally, I think that outcome calls into question North Pole’s slogan: “Where the Spirit of Christmas Lives Year ‘Round,” Santa posted on his Facebook page last month.
And lastly, here is some good news direct from Santa: “Cannabis users will not be getting coal in their stocking unless they’ve done some other thing that might be considered egregious.”