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Lawmakers introduce proposal for commercial marijuana

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lawmakers have presented a preliminary plan for regulating a new commercial marijuana industry. The Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill Wednesday that details some components of a commercial marijuana industry, including taxes, licensing and regulations. Personal possession, transportation and growth of certain quantities of marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in Alaska on Tuesday, and the state now has nine months to draft rules for the industry. The bill details the types of marijuana-related business licenses that would be available and specifies that they could only be granted to Alaska residents and includes ways for communities to control local licensing decisions. The bill also would limit advertising and potency.

Nageak taken from Capitol by ambulance

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Barrow state representative was taken by ambulance from the state Capitol Wednesday. House Speaker Mike Chenault said Rep. Benjamin Nageak wasn't feeling well and given his medical history, it was thought better to have Nageak checked by medical personnel. In 2013, Nageak had stents put in place after doctors found blockages in his heart.  Senate majority press secretary Carolyn Kuckertz said Sens. Cathy Giessel and Donny Olson looked at Nageak along with paramedics. Both have medical backgrounds. Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, who was seated by Nageak, said Nageak was "clearly in pain" Wednesday as he sat down after speaking to a resolution regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The House majority's deputy press secretary said Nageak's office told him Nageak was stable and undergoing routine checks at a Juneau hospital.

Anchorage police cite 3 for public pot smoking

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The legalization of marijuana in Alaska didn't go as flawlessly as first thought. Anchorage police said in a release that officers issued two citations Tuesday night, but later updated that figure to three. Those came on the first day a new law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana took effect. Smoking pot in public remains illegal. Police say one $100 citation was issued to a man near the downtown bus station. Another was issued to an 18-year-old male in downtown Anchorage. He also got a misdemeanor citation for consuming the drug as a minor. A third citation was issued to a 22-year-old woman. An Anchorage police spokeswoman on Wednesday initially said no citations had been issued. Police in Fairbanks, Kenai and other communities did not report any violations Wednesday morning.

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