- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska lawmakers have signaled plans to play a role in the legalization process for marijuana.

Alaska voters last November approved the recreational use of marijuana. That becomes legal on Feb. 24. However, the state has nine months to develop regulations for marijuana production and sales.

During a Senate State Affairs Committee hearing Thursday, Republican Sen. John Coghill of North Pole said some laws will need to be updated to allow for the legal sale and use of marijuana as allowed for by the initiative.

Committee chairman Bill Stoltze said the panel won’t introduce a bill of its own, but will try to provide information and look at bills introduced by others. Next, Senate State Affairs will hear from the departments of Revenue and Public Safety on marijuana.

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