Legislature(2015 - 2016)
2015-02-23 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2015-02-23 House Journal Page 0290 HB 123 HOUSE BILL NO. 123 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act establishing the Marijuana Control Board; relating to the powers and duties of the Marijuana Control Board; relating to the appointment, removal, and duties of the director of the Marijuana Control Board; relating to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 20, 2015, follows: 2015-02-23 House Journal Page 0291 "Dear Speaker Chenault: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18 of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill establishing the Marijuana Control Board and relating to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The bill would protect public safety and promote effective regulation of the marijuana industry consistent with the people's intent as expressed in AS 17.38 by creating the Marijuana Control Board that includes representatives from the public health and safety sectors, the marijuana industry, and the general public. The board's members would be appointed by the Governor to serve staggered terms of three years; the board would have authority to regulate marijuana cultivation, transportation, production, and sale, as set out in AS 17.38.090. Importantly, the bill would give the Marijuana Control Board the power to enforce its regulations, including the ability to use peace officer powers to enforce the criminally punishable laws and regulations relating to marijuana. And, by providing for a shared administrative and enforcement staff with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the bill would enable the Marijuana Control Board to benefit from the considerable experience and expertise of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board while realizing significant economies. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Bill Walker Governor"