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Round Two Of Proposed Alaska Marijuana Rules Now Available

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regulate marijuana like alcohol alaska legalization 2014I received the following message:

Dear Johnny:

The Marijuana Control Board has issued its second round of proposed rules, and the public is invited to comment by 4:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8. Please take a look at the proposal, available here, which provides extensive rules for licensed businesses. While most of the proposed rules offer reasonable regulations, several would clearly violate important protections established under Measure 2.

Please take a moment to tell the board it must honor rights approved by Alaskans in the state’s historic vote. You can take a look at our draft letter here.

For instance, Measure 2 allows local governments to craft ordinances that local marijuana businesses must comply with. The current version of the rules goes further, allowing local governments to “protest” individual businesses applications — which could block them from proceeding. Local governments could also establish unique conditions for particular applicants. Neither provision is consistent with Measure 2.

The board also unfairly tries to expand its own authority to deny licenses and imposes several other restrictions that simply don’t exist under Measure 2. For a more in-depth analysis of the proposed rules, take a look at our draft letter to the board here. We encourage you to submit your own letter, and please feel free to use ours as a guide. Or, simply click here and send comments to board members immediately.

Then, please forward this email to others in Alaska who believe the rules must be fair and written to support the program, not work against it.

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