Alaska Marijuana Bills Put On Hold For Rewrite

ALASKA:  Bills that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana have been put on hold while lawmakers wait for a new draft that better reflects the intent of voters.

During a joint session of the House and Senate Judiciary committees Wednesday, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, said the bills, versions of which were introduced in both the House and Senate, are being rewritten. The bills were intended to legalize 1 ounce or less of marijuana for adults 21 and older.

But they raised concerns from marijuana legalization supporters and the state’s public defender agency. They said the method proposed for decriminalizing the drug didn’t match what voters asked for in approving an initiative that would legalize recreational use of pot.