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Cultivator accuses Alaska marijuana board of misconduct

August 3, 2018

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two members of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board say they have no plans to step down following allegations of ethics violations from a cannabis cultivator.

Phillip Izon, the owner of Palmer-based KushTopia, said he is preparing an ethics complaint against board members Brandon Emmett and Nick Miller, claiming the marijuana control office has scrutinized cannabis events unequally, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday.

State law prohibits public consumption of marijuana, but Izon said the threshold for when an event is considered public is not clear. The control office has investigated recent marijuana-related events for public consumption, but it did not look into events that Emmett and Miller were affiliated with, Izon said.

“I just think everyone deserves fair and equal treatment,” Izon said.

The control board issued $20,000 in fines with $15,000 suspended to the organizers of the Cannabis Classic. The control office launched an investigation into the May event in Anchorage after photos on social media showed people using marijuana. Organizer Cory Wray plans to contest the fines.

Emmett said he angered people by voting for the sanction in June, but he also was behind the idea to suspend most of the fine. He said he would like to see changes to how public consumption is defined.

“I think that there is an expectation with people from the cannabis community that they should be able to consume where they congregate,” Emmett said.

The control office decides which events to investigate, and that decision is made outside the board, Emmett said. Board members learn of investigations once the office presents them to the board for action, he said.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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