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.

Walker Considers Delay In Legal Alaska Marijuana Sales

ALASKA:  Alaska Gov. Bill Walker will consider a 90-day delay in implementing a regulatory system for legal marijuana sales.

Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said a delay in implementing sales would not affect the date when recreational use of marijuana becomes legal under state law, but an extension on parts of a citizen initiative approved last month is “to make sure the regulatory infrastructure is properly in place,” the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

In comments this week to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Walker responded to a question about how the administration would approach writing challenging regulations. He said he was told he could delay the process.

“I asked if we could do it for four years,” Walker said, joking. “I can put it off 90 days, but not four years. We’ll probably go the 90-day route. So that’s, you know, where we are.”