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  Alaska First State to OK Marijuana Use at Pot Shop
Posted by CN Staff on November 21, 2015 at 09:03:10 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

cannabis Juneau, Alaska -- The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug.

The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board also changed the definition of the term “in public” to allow for consumption at some pot shops, none of which are open yet. Colorado, Washington and Oregon have legalized recreational marijuana but ban its public use, including in pot stores.

“This would put, I think, Alaska in the forefront on this issue,” said Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project.

On-site consumption was a hot topic during the public comment process in Alaska. Board chairman Bruce Schulte, who offered the amendment, said there appeared to be a public demand for such facilities.

Voters last November passed the state’s initiative legalizing recreational pot use by those 21 and older. The initiative banned public consumption but didn’t define “public.”

Regulators adopted an emergency regulation earlier this year when the law was taking effect that defined “in public” as a place where the public or a substantial group of people have access.

Some initiative supporters thought that definition was too restrictive, saying it would seemingly even bar pot consumption at weddings or office parties.

The board amended the definition to allow for consumption in a designated area at certain licensed pot stores. It had previously said it lacked the legal authority to create a type of license permitting public use.

Cynthia Franklin, the board’s director, said she expects another round of regulations detailing exactly what will be allowed at those stores, such as the types of marijuana.

Tim Hinterberger, a sponsor of the Alaska initiative, said allowing retail establishments to be licensed for on-site consumption is a good and necessary step, especially to accommodate tourists. However, he still thinks the definition of public is too broad. Hinterberger said he hadn’t read the amendments yet but read about the developments in the news.

In Colorado, where legalization banned pot use in public and in bars, marijuana tourists and activists have complained the limits are too restrictive. People have been ticketed for smoking pot on sidewalks and in public parks. In Washington, use is restricted to a private place and there’s been no move by the Legislature to open that up, said Brian Smith, spokesman for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board also voted to scrap a proposed regulation banning marijuana clubs. Schulte said the intent behind that was not to sanction or endorse the clubs. But he said if the board has no authority under the initiative to regulate the clubs — as an attorney for the board stated — it also can’t prohibit them.

Harriet Dinegar Milks, an assistant attorney general serving as counsel to the board, and Franklin said such clubs are illegal.

The Alaska regulations, once adopted, will undergo a legal review by Alaska’s Department of Law.

It is still illegal to buy marijuana in Alaska because businesses have not yet been licensed to sell it. The board is set to begin accepting business applications in February, with the initial industry licenses expected to be awarded in May.

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Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Published: November 21, 2015
Copyright: 2015 The Associated Press

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Comment #10 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 27, 2015 at 11:16:48 PT
Alaska is a HUGE place!
Too much real estate for the cops to cover all of.

Now there is one less reason to call the Police. As it should be.

This is progress.

Slow and steady.

Go Alaska!

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Comment #9 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 25, 2015 at 06:04:23 PT
The GCW #5 Ohio
I'm getting sick and tire of the same old refrain: Figures don't lie, but liars figure.

Ask yourself, who wins when the voters are SO DISGUSTED with a process this broken that they don't bother to vote at all?

Uhh, that would be the same people who gerrymander voting districts, rollback voters rights protections to black populations and try to limit turnout in general.

So, if you are a competent megalomaniac, you mess with the voting process and then, through others, create "voting fraud" stories where no fraud exists and bury other real stories, like the Ohio vote.

The idea is: if the voters think that they cannot de-bug the electoral system, then they will walk away in disgust, ensuring a win for the investor-driven GOP.

The strategy is to keep them away just long enough to allow Lobbyists and their Cash to purchase legal control of the United States of America's Legislative and Executive branches.

Keep it up and eventually you will control the Judicial Branch as well.

This seems to have already occurred.

The end result is an electorate pre-divided and ready for the fire! One side (Wealth) intends to make a meal of all the others!

How one can enjoy this repast while actually in the fire itself must be another Republican New World Order Myth, yet to be explained after the Crash.

Last time, they called it "The Trickle Down Theory", but it didn't work then and still doesn't.

Just ask investors in the oil and gas exploration business what life is like in the fire started by these same people.

These are the same people who wanted everything manufactured from Oil instead of natural substitutes.

Oil is priced in US$ wherever it comes out of the ground, primarily because the US was the first into large scale extraction (and therefore, the expertise) as well as the large capital lenders (Big Banksters) to finance drilling, storage tanks, pipelines, terminals and even the refinery required to make any products.

Without Hemp, we are screwed. It will become starkly apparent as time goes forward.

In the meantime, we must fight back by being involved in the process.

Remember: " A false witness will perish, but a careful listener will testify successfully." Proverbs 21:28 New International Version (NIV)

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Comment #8 posted by Hope on November 24, 2015 at 17:03:18 PT
That was a sad day.
But it worked out.

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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on November 24, 2015 at 06:15:20 PT
I think You're speaking about Colorado. Victoria Buckley did not allow the ballot question to go through the election process. Then She died and they found uncounted petitions in Her desk; enough to have qualified the petition count and put it on the ballot. It then was automatically put on the next election and then became Amendment 20 and known as VOTE 4:20!...


4:20 and GOD


Even Buckleys rise to Her job was telling;

-Victoria Buckley, a welfare mother and battered woman who rose to become Colorado's secretary of state and the nation's highest-ranking black female Republican in a statewide office, died Thursday after a massive heart attack. She was 51.


To Me, at the time and it still is, it was weird when I hear of minority citizens who support in essence caging minorities for using the God-given plant. The Republicans must have felt good to have garnered a black woman who helped them cage black people.

The devil must have been gloating!

But the light is too bright to miss God.

Anyway, the story that came out of this situation is God-Awesome.

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Comment #6 posted by Hope on November 23, 2015 at 18:16:03 PT
It wouldn't be the first time
a blatant cheat was set up against a cannabis legalization effort. Remember the high up in government lady in Arizona, I think. It's been awhile ago now. When she died they found stacks and stacks of missing signatures for an initiative in her desk that she didn't count... on purpose, obviously.

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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 23, 2015 at 15:49:30 PT
More about Ohio election results
Expert Says Ohio's Vote Against Pot Legalization Was 'Statistically Impossible'

The conclusion that the vote was stolen is almost inescapable.

"The results are not only impossible but unfathomable,” stated Ron Baiman, Assistant Professor of Graduate Business Administration at Benedictine University, where he teaches economics and statistics."

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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on November 22, 2015 at 10:22:10 PT
single payer
Runruff once again so freakin' true. You have to get older and get some mileage on you before stuff starts becoming clear.

Our current post WW society was created in the 20's and 30's by the families of the standard oil monopoly. They operated more openly back then, but nothing's ever changed.

They forged a country based entirely on greed. They wouldn't give us single payer health care, like all the other industrialized countries of the world. That decision has had a devastating impact on many people, like myself.

Our health care system is entirely based on greed and self-aggrandizement. Instead of compassion. The system creates greedy, egotistical doctors. They run around all day surrounded by corporate logos. Their papers, folders, forms, medicines, and even clothing is full of corporate logos.

All these drug companies in biotech are investing millions of dollars on cancer drugs. What happens if people stop getting cancer?

Think about that and then ask why this country has 10 times higher rate, or more, of breast, prostate, thyroid, colon, and other cancers than places like India, or Africa. Do the controlling families, invested up to the eyeballs in biotech stocks, want to see cancer go away?

No. That's why the political system approves toxic stuff in our food supply that is banned in Europe. Formaldehyde and other toxic stuff in our homes and workplaces. The US govt. LOVES formaldehyde! They put fluoride in the water - a toxic waste product. Cannabis is horrible, yet carcinogens are welcomed into our food, air, and water.

Nearly all strawberries consumed in the US are treated with toxic pesticide that is banned in the rest of the world. just google "methyl bromide"

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Comment #3 posted by runruff on November 22, 2015 at 07:29:10 PT
With socialized medicine, cures are welcome.
Cures saves money for the country.

Conversely, with treatment for profit, the cure is buried and denied.

Chris Rock, with humor and profanity, reminds us that "there is no profit in cure! The profit is in the comeback"

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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 21, 2015 at 17:30:16 PT
I agree with you. I really do.

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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on November 21, 2015 at 16:25:43 PT
I hate cancer (period!!!) If this country and others put cancer, and other diseases such as ALS, at the top of the list of problems to solve, we would all benefit. Except this is the U.S., the only industrialized country where you can go bankrupt because of your health. Getting back to why certain issues take a higher priority, this is an oligopoly--a system controlled by the few (the rich). Sorry, the democracy experiment created back in the 1700s is long gone.

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