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Alaska lawmakers to look at new draft of marijuana bill


JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska lawmakers are expected to discuss a new draft of a bill to decriminalize marijuana that mirrors state alcohol regulations.

As of Feb. 24, adults 21 years and older can possess up to an ounce of marijuana under a ballot issue passed in November. Lawmakers have been working on a bill that accomplishes that, and also clarifies other related state laws.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to review the 91-page draft during a Monday hearing.

Republican Sen. John Coghill of North Pole says the draft is based on the state's alcohol regulations.

It removes the drug from the...

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