Alaska State Officials 'Subverting' Marijuana Industry, Outgoing Board Member Says

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An outgoing member of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board says some officials in Gov. Bill Walker's administration, as well as remaining board members, are attempting to delay implementation of the voter-approved commercial cannabis industry.

"There's an underlying agenda to subvert the process, to delay the implementation of a legalized marijuana industry," says Bruce Schulte, who was abruptly removed from the five-member board on Friday by the governor. "It doesn't look like the State of Alaska is really serious about making this happen."

A replacement was not immediately announced.

Since the 2014 initiative that legalized commercial sale of marijuana, the board has been tasked with establishing rules for the new industry and with vetting applications for business licenses. 

Schulte previously served as chair of the board, though he was removed from that role earlier this year.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce first reported Walker's removal of Schulte.

Asked about the resignation...

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