- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the removal of a member of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

The ousted former chairman of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board says he believes there’s been a concerted effort to change the panel’s makeup.

Bruce Schulte says he worries there’s an attempt to keep the fledgling industry on a short leash.

Schulte was removed from the board on Friday. Grace Jang, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, says Schulte’s approach to staff and the administrative process was “less than satisfactory” and Walker decided it was time for a change.

Jang says some people have expressed concerns with the speed with which some aspects of the industry are moving. She says some of the concerns have involved the potential for Alaska to have cannabis cafes.

She says Walker takes all concerns and complaints seriously but says he’s comfortable overall with the board’s direction.

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9:50 a.m.

The former chairman of the board tasked with regulating Alaska’s nascent marijuana industry has been removed by Gov. Bill Walker.

Bruce Schulte was ousted from the Marijuana Control Board on Friday.

Grace Jang, a Walker spokeswoman, says Walker decided it was time for a change.

She says Schulte’s approach to staff and the administrative process was “less than satisfactory.” She said she could not elaborate.

Schulte served as board chair until June, when he was replaced.

He told KTUU TV in Anchorage he believes there’s been a concerted effort to “manipulate” the board’s makeup to create a panel more favorable to an agenda that’s not in line with what voters asked for when approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2014.

Schulte served as an industry member on the five-member board.

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