- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Legislation passed by the state Senate would allow for national criminal history checks for applicants for legal marijuana businesses in Alaska.

The provisions were included in a broader bill to update state alcohol laws that passed the Senate on Friday.

A law passed last year prohibits the issuance of licenses to individuals who have had felony convictions within five years of their application or are on probation or parole for that felony. The Marijuana Control Board has sought provisions to allow for national background checks to be conducted on marijuana business applicants. The board has begun accepting applications.

Language related to background checks also is included in a marijuana bill that House and Senate negotiators are expected to try to reach a compromise on.

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