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.