Walker Considers Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he’s considering a 90-day delay in implementing legal marijuana sales.

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Alaska voters in November approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

Walker told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce he’s exploring a delay in the part of the measure that allows for commercial sales.

The ballot measure specified that adults no longer would be arrested under state law for possessing up to an ounce of pot outside their homes 90 days after election results were certified. That date is Feb. 24.

The state has nine months more to produce regulations for commercial sales, three months to begin accepting applications and three months after that to issue permits.

Commercial growers could produce marijuana for sale in May 2016 under the timeline.