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Full Text of Alaska Initiative "An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana"

Posted on  September 25, 2014 by  News Admin

Download the initiative in PDF format here.    “An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana.”BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:*Section 1. AS 17 is amended by adding a new chapter to read:Chapter 38. The regulation of marijuana Sec. 17.38.010. Purpose and findings.(a) In the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, and to enhance individual freedom, the people of the state of Alaska find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older.(b) In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the state of Alaska further find and declare that the production and sale of marijuana should be regulated so that:(1) Individuals will have to show proof of age before purchasing marijuana;(2) Legitimate, taxpaying business people, and not criminal actors, will conduct sales of marijuana; and(3) Marijuana sold by regulated businesses will be labeled and subject to additional regulations to ensure that consumers are informed and protected.(c) The people of the state of Alaska further declare that the provisions of this Act are not intended to diminish the right to privacy as interpreted by the Alaska Supreme Court in Ravin v. State of Alaska.(d) Nothing in this Act proposes or intends to require any individual or entity to engage in any conduct that violates federal law, or exempt any individual or entity from any requirement of federal law,...

New Edibles Regulations Possible in Colorado

Posted on  April 30, 2014 by  News Admin

Several high-profile incidents involving edibles in Colorado could lead to changes in regulations covering infused products. The state has set up a working group that will meet Wednesday to “discuss and consider reasonable amounts of active THC in retail marijuana products in proportion to product serving size” as well as packaging requirements. Colorado’s revenue department said the meeting is the first step in the formal rulemaking process, a strong indication that the state could move to alter regulations governing edibles. Possible changes include requiring companies to produce edibles that can be easily split into smaller doses or at least offer individually wrapped single servings. The working group consists of 18 leaders from the cannabis industry, government, education and healthcare. Separately, a leading legal firm in Denver that helped pass Colorado’s recreational marijuana law sent an email to clients saying that it will be pushing for a new approach to edibles as well. The firm – Vicente Sederberg – plans to lobby for improved packaging and consumer education, training for budtenders and new discussions on serving sizes and labeling. It also wants to work with the state to fund a consumer education campaign that would involve pamphlets and posters at retail cannabis stores. Vicente Sederberg put out a call for help from business owners who “share our commitment to responsible regulations as the surest route to spreading the cannabis industry across the nation and around the world.” Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry has come under fire after a man who consumed infused...