Local Assembly to deal with conflict on pot smoking

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There's a conflict for Juneau when it comes to proposed state regulations regarding on site consumption of marijuana products and the new state smoking law.

    Both matters were on the agenda on the Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting this week.

    City Manager Rorie Watt was asked about the conflict on Action Line Friday.  He said he brought it to the Assembly's attention to remind members of the matter.  His recommendation is to maintain the local control option.  "We have not decided as a community whether we think on-site consumption is something that fits with us or not."

    Watt points out there's a local rule on the books about indoor smoking which conflicts with the pot regulations. Smoking is  not allowed in work places and he says  that would apply to tobacco products and marijuana products.  "If we allowed on-site consumption, we would be talking about edible products."  He adds  that would be the arena the Assembly would entertain since he doesn't forsee the Assembly wanting to go backwards on the local smoking ordinance.



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