Board In Place to Develop Regulations on the Marijuana Industry in the State of Alaska:
Governor Bill Walker of Alaska moved to form a state regulatory board for the marijuana industry this summer in his state. He expects that what happens with the industry in his state will be highly scrutinized by critics and advocates alike and so he has taken steps to support the process. The rest of the country will closely observe what happens with the marijuana industry in Alaska in an effort to make a more informed decision when it comes time to make choices regarding state marijuana legislation and laws. In Alaska, both recreational and medicinal marijuana is available in the marketplace which is why the state is actively developing regulations for the cannabis marketplace. Guidelines need to be made available for state distributors. The Marijuana Control Board was developed by Gov. Walker in July and five members were named. The board has been asked to draft state wide regulations regarding the cultivation, manufacturing and sale of cannabis in the state of Alaska.
Bill Walker’s Designees for the States Marijuana Control Board:
The designees will oversee legal marijuana sales throughout the state of Alaska. The board will form and approve regulations regarding practice and process in the industry. The Control Board formation was approved via legislation in April and Governor Bill Walker formally identified the board members shortly thereafter. He recommended Peter Mlynarik, Loren Jones, Mark Springer, Bruce Schulte and Brandon Emmett. Emmett is from Fairbanks and has served as the Executive Director for the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation in Alaska. Schulte is from Anchorage and formerly served as spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Springer is from Bethel and is a Bethel City Council member. Jones is from Juneau and is a City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member. The fifth member of the board is Mlynarik who is a former Alaska State Trooper and is the Soldotna police chief.
The state of Alaska has a chance to be a model for the rest of the United States. The goal is to identify regulations for both recreational and medicinal marijuana use and if they do so successfully, many other states will likely follow. Problems arise when one form of marijuana use is legal and the other is not. Alaska will try to avoid these problems as it attempts to develop regulations for both medicinal and recreational use at the same time.