House Passes Bill About Municipal Role In Marijuana Regs

Alaska lawmakers took a step toward clarifying who will regulate the budding marijuana industry.

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The House passed a bill on Thursday that would help define a municipality’s role in regulating marijuana businesses, add marijuana clubs to the list of regulated marijuana businesses, and allow a municipality to develop some criminal penalties for marijuana.

The bill would also enable established villages to prohibit marijuana businesses through an election or ordinance.

The bill also clarifies some components of personal use: it would reiterate the ban on public consumption, and set a maximum household limit of 24 marijuana plants if there are three or more residents.

An amendment proposed by Rep. Bob Lynn that would have lowered the household limit failed.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.