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Alaska Crime Bill May Need Exemption to Keep Recreational Marijuana Industry Legal

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) — The Alaska recreational marijuana industry could be put in legal jeopardy by one of the governor’s proposed crime bills unless clarifying language is added to the legislation, according to a legal review obtained by KTUU.

Senate Bill 32 returns sentencing ranges to pre-Senate Bill 91 levels and makes it a felony to possess certain drugs. The legislation states that a person would commit a Class C felony if they possess “25 or more plants of the genus cannabis” or more than four ounces of marijuana with an intent to “manufacture or deliver.”

Deputy Attorney General Robert Henderson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday to state that the legislation was not written to target the legal Alaska marijuana industry.

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