Two step down from marijuana group leadership in Alaska

FAIRBANKS — A pair of leaders of an organization looking to influence pot policy in Alaska stepped down owing to a conflict of interest because they both belong to the state Marijuana Control Board.

Brandon Emmett, executive director and founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, and coalition spokesman Bruce Schulte have both resigned from the coalition, the group announced in a statement on Wednesday.

Kim Kole, the new spokeswoman for the coalition, said the group had been excluding them from discussion anyway since they joined the new marijuana control board. The coalition decided to make it official.

The pair won’t be replaced. Their responsibilities will be spread among existing members of the coalition, the statement said.

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