marijuana

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

Bethel can create a 12-percent sales tax on marijuana, and a local advisory board. Photo by Flickr user BoQuanbo.

The Bethel City Council is preparing for the possibility of future marijuana sales in Bethel. A proposal for an October ballot question to establish a twelve-percent marijuana sales tax advanced Tuesday night and will see a public hearing next month. It’s the same tax rate that voters could add to future liquor sales.
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Bethel's Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope  / KYUK.

Bethel’s Mark Springer will serve on the new Marijuana Control Board. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Governor Bill Walker has named Bethel’s Mark Springer to serve on the state’s new Marijuana Control Board. Springer will fill a seat designated for a rural resident. The board will work over the next several months to create regulations for the state’s new marijuana industry, including cultivation, processing and commercial sale. Read more →

Marijuana vote results, via KTUU.

November’s Marijuana vote results, via KTUU.

An amendment adopted Friday by the Senate Finance Committee would reverse parts Alaska’s new marijuana law in rural parts of the state. The sale and manufacture of marijuana would become illegal and rural communities would have to ‘opt in’ to allow sales of marijuana or marijuana products in their communities.
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ONC's board and and the Bethel City Council met Monday night in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

ONC’s board and the Bethel City Council met Monday night in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council and Bethe’s tribe, ONC, met jointly Monday night in Bethel. At their quarterly meeting, they discussed the future of marijuana locally as the voter-approved initiative comes into effect over the coming year. ONC board member Robert Lekander expressed a desire to move with caution as the city considers implementing sales provisions or limitations.
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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will hold public hearings in their Tuesday meeting on a pair of marijuana ordinances. One sets guidelines banning public consumption and another bans pot consumption and commercial marijuana activity on city property.
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city of bethelAs of Tuesday, February 24th, the possession and use of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal in Alaska for people over the age of 21. There is no legal sale yet, the state still has nine months to come up with those rules. As municipalities like Bethel grapple with how to respond to and enforce the new law, Police Chief Andre Achee says it will not drastically change how his officers operate.
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city of bethelPublic consumption of marijuana will not be allowed in two weeks, when Alaskan adults age 21 and older can legally possesses and consume up to an ounce of marijuana. After Tuesday’s Bethel city council meeting, the city is one small step closer to its public ban and setting the terms for marijuana activity on city property.

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Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Two weeks before the possession of marijuana is legalized in Alaska, the Bethel City Council Tuesday night will consider a ban on consuming marijuana in public places. The ballot measure passed by voters in November explicitly prohibits public consumption, but doesn’t define public.
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The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers badge. Courtesy of AST

The Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team responded to a tip last week about possible marijuana smuggling into a village.
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Marijuana vote results, via KTUU.

Marijuana vote results, via KTUU.

If the vote totals hold, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.
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