House Passes Bill to Eliminate an Unnecessary Regulatory Burden on Alaska’s Marijuana Businesses

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to ease an overly burdensome regulation that requires annual fingerprinting of those seeking to renew their marijuana establishment registration. House Bill 319 changes the fingerprinting requirement to once every six years.

“I believe that thoroughly vetting registrations for this new industry in Alaska is vital to protect public safety. It’s also essential in giving the public confidence that the marijuana industry is well regulated and entirely legal and above board,” said HB 319 sponsor Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage). “However, the current regulations requiring registration applicants to resubmit fingerprints every year are overly burdensome on these small business owners. Changing the requirement to once every six years still protects the public interest while showing our support for common-sense regulations that support small business owners and these hard-working entrepreneurs.”

The proposed change to submit fingerprints once every six years for marijuana businesses in Alaska is supported by both the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the burgeoning marijuana industry in Alaska.

House Bill 319 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 38-0. The bill will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

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