Walker makes appointment to Marijuana Control Board

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed members to a new board charged with developing regulations for the cultivation and sale of legal marijuana in Alaska.

A voter initiative to legalize recreational pot for those 21 and older delegated regulatory responsibilities to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board but allowed the Legislature to create a Marijuana Control Board to assume those duties.

The director of the ABC Board will serve as director of the Marijuana Control Board and paid staff of the ABC board will serve as staff for the new board.

Walker appointed Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik to the public safety seat; Juneau assembly member Loren Jones to the public health seat; Mark Springer of Bethel to the rural seat; and Bruce Schulte and Brandon Emmett to the industry seats.