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DK wonders a few things: “How is hemp affected in the legalization of cannabis? Is hemp farming legal? Hypothetically, can I have a 5-acre hemp farm? Any information on the legality and reality of hemp cultivation/industrialization is welcomed.”

Well, sorry to bear disappointment, DK. Hemp is not yet legal to grow on a commercial scale in Alaska...

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This week, we'll examine a two-part question from Roger about cannabis intoxication and impaired driving. It's been a hot topic in states where cannabis is now legal, and laws, policies and technologies are constantly evolving across the nation . The situation in Alaska is relatively stable because it apparently hasn't changed very much since voters approved the legalization of recreational pot. The Legislature has taken no action, and the ballot measure itself didn't include DUI details. Roger asks:...

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When the initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Alaska took effect Feb. 24, personal home gardens of six plants total, up to three flowering at a time, became expressly permitted for any Alaskan 21 years or older. But what if someone has no idea where to begin?

There are books and magazines . Cultivation message boards and web forums seem to multiply by the day, but researching all of that and turning it into action takes time. Not to mention that talk of light frequencies, growing media, “nutes,” and techniques like ScrOG, FIM, and LST might overwhelm beginners...

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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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