Senate to consider latest version of marijuana bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Despite some objections, the state Senate will consider the latest version of the marijuana crimes bill on Friday.

The Senate voted 16 to 4 on Wednesday to consider the Senate Finance Committee’s version of SB 30, with Sens. Dennis Egan, Johnny Ellis, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski voting in opposition.

The bill would update state crimes now that certain recreational use and possession of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older. It sets out the crimes for possession of larger amounts of marijuana and would prohibit a commercial or retail marijuana industry in the state’s unorganized borough outside of municipalities. Marijuana would remain a controlled substance.

An earlier version of the bill that passed out of Senate Judiciary would have removed marijuana from the state’s controlled substance list.

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