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The question this week comes from Doug: “Hello, I'm a smoker considering a Section 8 voucher. I suppose its up to the individual landlord, though the Alaska housing authority could have some policy already in place. Any idea? Will I be allowed to possess, use or grow in Section 8 housing?”...

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Our question today involves Anchorage Municipal Ordinance 8.35.350, section 1 , which reads as follows:

It is unlawful for any person to manufacture a marijuana concentrate, hashish, or hash oil by use of solvents containing compressed flammable gases or through use of a solvent-based extraction method using a substance other than vegetable glycerin, unless the person is validly licensed and permitted in accordance with statute, regulation, or ordinance...

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Last week, Highly Informed tackled the topic of public cannabis use in state parks , whether it is legal (it's not), and what the difficulties of enforcement might be.

As a follow up to that discussion, "Aces Fan" wonders:

Maybe I'm missing something, but I thought it was also illegal to drink in public and that happens a lot when people go camping/hiking/fishing in the state parks. How is marijuana any different? Are the park rangers etc. going to be ticketing people for marijuana and not alcohol?...

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has joined critics of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the use of private email accounts to conduct public business. The rest of the United States should try not to be distracted by the gales of unseasonably warm laughter coming from Alaska today.

On March 5, Palin's Facebook page posted the following:...

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“Park Ranger” (not an actual park ranger) wonders about herb and the great outdoors: “What's the regulation or position for state parks and pot? I ask this question because I live right at the door of Chugach State Park. So if public consumption and sales are illegal in Anchorage, whoever smokes or eats brownies can just go for a hike around Flattop and such? Or does Alaska State Parks have some regulations now?”

To answer this question, first we'll need a bit of definition...

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“Anonymoose” wonders about a seeming contradiction in the implementation of the cultivation portion of the new laws allowing Alaskans over 21 to possess, use and grow cannabis.

The ballot initiative that became AS17.38 seems to say that each individual can have up to six plants (three flowering) for home cultivation, but the state is interpreting it as per household, not per individual.

“It seems unfair and illogical -- going against the spirit of the law,” Anonymoose says, “to limit an adult couple living together from combining their 'adult over 21 quota' of six plants to 12. The measure didn't say 'six plants per dwelling if shared by multiple over 21's,' but this is clearly how it's being seen by regulators.”...

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On Monday, Alaska Dispatch News put out a call on Facebook for people to come forward and email us what Feb. 24 means to them. That day, in case you've been living under a rock with a set of headphones and a playlist of binaural soundscapes since November, is the day that Ballot Measure 2 took effect. Limited personal use, possession and cultivation of cannabis is now legal here.

So far, no one has sent us anything...

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“Browerville Bud” asks Highly Informed: “What will be the rules on traveling by plane with cannabis? If I purchased cannabis in Anchorage (once it is legal to do so, of course), could I get on the plane with it in my carry-on? Checked luggage? Is it up to TSA to regulate this? Or the airline? Or FAA?”

Even though statutes are still taking shape, the short answer is yes. You won't be risking a hassle if you get on a plane in Anchorage after Feb. 24 and fly somewhere else in the state with a legal amount of cannabis or related products in your possession, either in checked baggage or your carry-on.

If you're traveling on one of Alaska's famed small bush planes, you won't encounter security screening, so the question doesn't really apply there...

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Philip wonders if legalized cannabis in Alaska will affect him and his tenants: “I own rental property at which my lessor may currently smoke (tobacco) indoors. Can I prohibit the renter from growing, possessing or using (cannabis) if they choose to rent from me?”

Cynthia Franklin, director of Alaska's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the agency currently in charge of the rulemaking process initiated by voters with Ballot Measure 2, said by email she believes that yes, state law allows for private property owners to set the rules regarding herb on their own property...

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Tristan asks Highly Informed, “Does Alaska have any plans to start or allow a state-backed bank to serve the marijuana industry?”

For several reasons, the answer is not right now, but that's far from the end of the discussion.

Kevin Anselm, director of Alaska's Division of Banking and Securities said via telephone that no, the state of Alaska has made no plans to start or allow such a bank. However, she did say that the possibility is being discussed and that people have asked her office a similar question.

“People are looking at options,” Anselm said...

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