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.”

Juneau Marijuana Committee Holds First Meeting

ALASKA:  About 30 people attended the first meeting of a committee formed by the Juneau Assembly to grapple with Alaska’s soon-to-be legal marijuana industry.

Last night’s short agenda mostly called for setting goals and deciding when the committee should meet moving forward.

Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl was elected chair. He asked committee members to start thinking about what issues the group will need to tackle in the coming months.

The committee is expected to deal with land use issues, regulating where and when legal marijuana businesses can operate in Juneau. In January, the Assembly set an Oct. 19 deadline for city officials to figure out local planning and zoning rules.