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Board to discuss residency requirements for legal pot businesses in Alaska


JUNEAU, Alaska — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska's recreational marijuana industry is set to discuss and possibly change residency requirements for pot business licenses Tuesday morning in Anchorage.

On Nov. 20, the Marijuana Control Board approved using the residency requirements needed to vote in Alaska. That means living here and intending to stay or leaving the state with the intent to return. One also couldn't be registered to vote elsewhere.

This was meant to be less restrictive than an earlier proposal to use the same residency requirements as those needed to qualify for a dividend from Alaska's oil wealth fund.

But the board's director questioned the ability of the board's limited staff to verify that applicants aren't registered to vote elsewhere.

Industry supporters are worried about limiting too severely who can participate.

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