Walker Sacks Industry Advocate from Alaska Marijuana Control Board

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Bruce Schulte at a press conference held by the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation in February 2015. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)

One of the state’s key regulators on commercial cannabis has been unexpectedly ousted by the governor.

Bruce Schulte was active in the 2014 ballot initiative legalizing commercial marijuana in Alaska. He then served as chair of the Marijuana Control Board, a position with tremendous influence in crafting regulations for the new industry.

Recently though, he’d been voted out of the chairmanship. And last Friday, Schulte — who is a commercial pilot — landed after a flight to find an unexpected voicemail.

“I received a call from the governor’s office saying that I was being removed from the marijuana control board. No explanation was offered,” Schulte said by phone Tuesday. “I’ve tried to reach out to the head of Boards and Commissions to get some sort of explanation, and...

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