House committee moves bill addressing municipal marijuana regulations

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A bill addressing how municipalities regulate marijuana businesses has moved out of a House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee moved a new version of Rep. Cathy Tilton's bill, which would help define a municipality's role in regulating marijuana businesses, set a maximum household limit of 24 marijuana plants and add marijuana clubs to the list of regulated marijuana businesses.

Some committee members wanted to amend the bill to set a lower household limit, but that effort failed.

Under the bill, a municipality could also develop some criminal penalties for marijuana, and established villages could choose to prohibit marijuana businesses through an election or ordinance.

The new version also changed language to clarify that the state could still enforce marijuana regulations.

The bill also would ban public consumption of marijuana.

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