Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy does not plan to introduce legislation this session that would propose eliminating the board that regulates the state’s legal marijuana industry.
Spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the decision was based on the time left in the session and the governor’s focus on other legislative priorities.
It was unclear whether Dunleavy plans to pursue the idea in the future.
The idea drew pushback from members of Alaska’s marijuana business community who support how the board currently approaches the industry and its issues.
Shuckerow also said the governor does not plan to appoint a new member to the Marijuana Control Board until after the legislative session ends around May 14.
The Legislature, meeting in joint session last week to consider confirmation of Dunleavy appointees, rejected his nomination of cannabis opponent Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.
Moving forward, Shuckerow said, the governor will “examine prospective candidates and make a selection to the Marijuana Control Board that he believes will best serve Alaska.”
– Associated Press