- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House has rejected Senate changes to a marijuana bill and voted to have House and Senate negotiators work on a compromise.

The version of HB 75 that passed the House last year is different from what passed the Senate in February.

The Senate version incorporates provisions sought by the Marijuana Control Board to allow for national criminal history checks for marijuana business applicants. It lowers from the House bill the household limit for marijuana plants and would prohibit pot businesses from operating in unincorporated areas. It would allow established villages to opt in.

If the Senate sticks with its version, the bill will go to a conference committee.

The House also voted as expected to have House and Senate negotiators hash out differences on the state operating budget.

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