- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Lawmakers heard concerns over the latest version of a Senate bill intended to decriminalize personal possession of marijuana.

Alaska voters in November approved a ballot issue legalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, six plants and the marijuana produced from those plants. That goes into effect Feb. 24.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday discussed the bill, which would remove marijuana from the state’s controlled substances list and create new regulations.

Tracey Wollenberg from Alaska’s public defender agency said the newest bill is an improvement over prior versions, but still did not match the initiative entirely.

The bill would limit possession by weight, but Wollenberg noted that the initiative allows in-home possession of all the marijuana produced from six plants.

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