House Panel Bill Rewrite Will Move Marijuana To Regulated Substances List

ALASKA:  The House Judiciary Committee plans to move marijuana from the state’s list of controlled substances to regulated substances, its chairwoman announced Friday.

The move to rewrite Senate Bill 30, which chiefly deals with updating the state’s existing criminal code, is a departure from the approach taken by the Senate but one state officials say will improve regulation and enforcement.

Cynthia Franklin, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which is charged with forming regulations for marijuana, testified in support of moving marijuana into a regulated substance, matching the will of the voters who passed Ballot Measure 2 last fall. She said it ultimately will help consolidate existing crimes and penalties for marijuana misconduct, allowing the stronger and clearer standards for regulators and law enforcement.

“It was their intention and desire that marijuana be a legal substance for individuals 21 and older,” she said. “That makes it in the same category as alcohol: a legal, but dangerous and regulated substance. Having those rules in one place makes it easier, we believe for law enforcement to understand them.”

House Panel Advances Bill Creating Alaska Marijuana Control Board

ALASKA:  A bill to create a marijuana board moved forward in the House on Wednesday.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a new version of a bill to create a board to help regulate the commercial marijuana industry. It now goes to House Finance for consideration.

The bill, introduced by Gov. Bill Walker, would create a five-member board to develop regulations and consider applicants for marijuana businesses.

Alaska Trim 4 Vets Seeks To Help Veterans Access Medical Marijuana

ALASKA:  Medical marijuana can help military veterans in many ways. A lot of veterans suffer aches and pains related to their service, and they deserve to use medical marijuana if they want to. Medical marijuana can also help with PTSD, which is something that many veterans deal with on a daily basis. It’s often hard for some veterans to acquire medical marijuana, especially in Alaska where a lot of veterans live in rural areas.

Alaska Trim 4 Vets started to help address that issue. Below is their mission statement, and I encourage all readers to check them out, and make a donation if you are able:

OUR MISSION: The mission of alaskatrim4vets is to help reduce the staggering number of Veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose. We provide Veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary for veterans to grow and or obtain medical marijuana for treatment of their medical conditions.


Alaska House Passes Marijuana Regulation Bill

ALASKA:  The state House Thursday afternoon passed a bill that would clarify municipal regulation of marijuana businesses and define the number of plants allowed per household.

House Bill 75 clarifies municipalities’ processes for registering marijuana businesses; authorizes “marijuana clubs” where the substance could be consumed; gives municipalities power to establish civil and criminal penalties for businesses; defines what the term “assisting” means in terms of helping someone with their plants or marijuana; establishes provisions for communities to prohibit businesses; and establishes a 24-plant limit per household.

The 11-page HB 75 was sponsored by the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee. Chair Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, testified that the bill was “fix-it” legislation seeking to clarify processes for implementing the initiative at the municipal level. More than a dozen municipal attorneys helped craft the bill, Tilton testified.


Wasilla Pulls Back From Tough New Marijuana Laws

ALASKA:  The “Smoothie Lady” can celebrate: some of Alaska’s strictest municipal regulations on marijuana got rolled back Monday night in light of concerns that they could violate state law.

The Wasilla City Council voted 4-2 to remove a local prohibition on cooking marijuana edibles — which includes everything from cannabis butter to brownies to smoothies — in a home kitchen within city limits.

The Council also removed a 2-ounce limit on the amount of pot legally carried in one vehicle, a prohibition more rigorous than the 1-ounce per person, 6-plant limit in current state law.

Medical marijuana cardholder Kathy Smith told the Council she eases the neuropathy from a brain cyst by throwing raw marijuana into her blender along with whatever fruit she has handy.

Alaska Police Raid Former TV Anchor Charlo Greene’s Marijuana Dispensary

ALASKA:  Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene’s Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales.

The police took marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty on Friday, KTUU reported.

Greene is a former television reporter who gained notoriety when she quit her job on live TV in September with an expletive and announced she’s becoming an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska.

Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, told KTVA the club is a medical marijuana dispensary. “We don’t sell any recreational marijuana. We don’t sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for cardholders to come and share their own cannabis,” she said.


Alaska Lawmakers Amend Marijuana Crimes Bill

ALASKA:  The Senate Finance Committee on Friday further amended the bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Now, the bill would prohibit the commercial and retail marijuana industry from the parts of the state’s unorganized borough that are not in a municipality. The bill would allow established villages to opt back in to a new marijuana industry. That change was proposed by Bethel Democrat Sen. Lyman Hoffman.

Alaska voters in November approved a ballot issue that legalized recreational marijuana, directed the state to develop regulations for a new commercial industry, and allowed communities to prohibit that industry either by voter initiative or government ordinance.

Cannabis 101: Residents School City’s Committee On Marijuana

ALASKA:  City officials got their hands on some pot Thursday, even if just for educational purposes during a public meeting.

A small group of concerned citizens headed by James and Giono Barrett, who are planning to open a marijuana business when such establishments become legal next year, wheeled a cart of plants into the City Hall chambers for their presentation to the seven-member marijuana committee consisting of Planning Commission and Assembly members.

The Barrett brothers and Benjamin Wilcox gave a Powerpoint presentation to supplement a show and tell of marijuana products and paraphernalia sitting atop a bright red sheet akin to a magic show.

Wilcox showed committee members various ways to use the waste matter from the marijuana plants. Committee member Maria Gladziszewski asked many questions on waste products after Giono Barrett’s presentation on different strains of marijuana and cultivation practices in what he called “Cannabis 101.”

Alaska Lawmakers Consider New Approach To Marijuana Legalization

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.

Alaska Lawmakers Hold Marijuana Show And Tell

ALASKA:  Alaska lawmakers on Friday used a committee hearing to learn more about marijuana as they work on regulating it.

The House Judiciary Committee has spent the past several weeks discussing a bill to decriminalize recreational marijuana and make other uses and acts illegal.

On Friday, they had the opportunity to see and smell – but not use- marijuana. A representative from each the Juneau Police Department, state Department of Law and the legalization effort provided information about various forms of the drug.

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and chair of the committee, said she was familiar with regular marijuana, but didn’t know what hash was or how it was used.