Alaska Lawmakers Shoot Down Proposed Ban On Marijuana Edibles, Concentrates

Alaska lawmakers have killed a proposed ban on the future sale of recreational cannabis concentrates and infused edible products, Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Legislators voted 14-6 against the ban, which would have come into effect in two years had it passed. The ban was proposed as an attachment to SB 30, a bill addressing the criminal status of marijuana in Alaska.

SB 30, which passed the Senate by a vote of 17-3, maintains that cannabis is a controlled substance under state law. In short: the felony limit for marijuana possession will be 16 ounces, and the home cultivation limit will be 25 plants. The bill also clarifies penalties for open-container laws in regards to marijuana, and establishes that the crime of providing marijuana to someone under the age of 21 will be a misdemeanor.

The bill now moves to the House for approval.

Alaska voters approved recreational marijuana in November, 2014. Retail marijuana sales could be underway in Alaska as early as 2016.


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