Gov. Dunleavy eyes repeal of alcohol, pot boards

    Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy.

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - State officials say Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy wants to repeal the boards tasked with regulating alcohol and marijuana in Alaska.

    The plan was outlined in a letter to commerce department employees by commissioner Julie Anderson and in a memo from Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office director Erika McConnell.

    The documents say Dunleavy wants to repeal the Marijuana Control Board and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and transfer authority and responsibilities of the boards to the commissioner.

    No bills seeking to repeal the boards have been introduced yet.

    A Dunleavy spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday.

    Mark Springer is chairman of the Marijuana Control Board. He says the proposal is concerning and worries about the openness of the regulatory process if rules governing the industry are drafted administratively.

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