ALASKA: A Senate committee is considering a new approach to decriminalizing marijuana.
The Senate Finance Committee on Monday heard about a new draft of the bill intended to decriminalize possession, growth and transportation of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years and older. The draft would list marijuana as a controlled substance, but include a non-applicability section that essentially would create an exception to controlled substance crimes for acts that are within the bounds of a voter initiative passed in November. That initiative legalized recreational use of pot.
The draft also would still allow a commercial industry, as the initiative intended.
Committee co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, brought the draft up as a possible substitute to the one currently in committee and had staff present it. But a decision about whether to formally substitute it will be made Tuesday.