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The Latest: Alaska regulators to get comment on rule tweaks

May 1, 2019
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Erika McConnell, the director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, speaks during the Alaska Marijuana Control Board's meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. The board expressed some frustration with the Alaska Department of Public Safety for not providing information in a timely manner to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office's investigators. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska marijuana regulators (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Alaska marijuana regulators will take public comment on proposed tweaks to first-in-the-nation statewide rules for allowing onsite use of marijuana at authorized stores.

The proposed changes would allow stores not in freestanding buildings to have onsite consumption of edibles only. They also clarify that special ventilation systems would be required only for onsite use areas allowing smoking.

The Marijuana Control Board voted Wednesday 2-1 to seek public comment on revisions to rules that took effect last month. One board member was absent and one seat is vacant.

Board Chairman Mark Springer had said that all three members present would have to agree to approve something. But he was corrected at the conclusion of Wednesday’s vote that the motion did pass.


12:35 p.m.

Alaska marijuana regulators expressed frustration with the limited cooperation they say they’re receiving with investigations from the state Department of Public Safety.

The dispute dates to November, when an acting director of the Alaska State Troopers notified the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office its investigators would no longer have access to certain databases.

Office Director Erika McConnell says access to the databases is based on one of two qualifications: being a criminal justice agency or peace officers.

She says “for decades” the state considered investigators related to the office’s work peace officers. She says she’s not clear on what changed.

A message seeking comment was sent to a public safety spokeswoman.

McConnell says she expects a request to be made to the attorney general for an opinion on the interpretation.