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7/15/2017
Views sought: Pot regulations

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska marijuana regulators are once again asking the public for comments on a proposal to allow onsite consumption at retail stores.

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved on a 3-2 vote to send the proposal out for public comment on Friday, the third day of a three-day meeting being held in Fairbanks.

The board will allow the public 60 days to submit comments. The board’s attorney, assistant attorney general Harriet Milks, says in an email to The Associated Press that the comment period will likely open in early August.

If ultimately approved, Alaska would become the first state in the  nation to allow onsite consumption at retail stores.

The motion to again accept public comments came after the board rejected a proposal to strip from existing regulations references to onsite use.

In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.

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Alaska marijuana regulators plan to revive debate over onsite use of marijuana in retail cannabis shops.

In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and seven other states but illegal at the federal level.

But the board later voted to re-open the debate. Proposals are expected to be discussed at a Friday meeting.

One board member has proposed a two-year moratorium on the onsite consumption issue. Other board members have offered proposals that would allow some form of onsite use.