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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Committee takes up marijuana-meth bill

Associated Press

A committee of the House and Senate began meeting Tuesday to iron out differences in drug bills dealing with marijuana, methamphetamine and steroids.

The conference committee did not take action but is expected to continue work this week.

Committee Co-chairman John Coghill of North Pole says House Bill 149 has been sitting in the wings while committee members studied the ramifications of the federal Patriot Act on the issue.

The federal legislation includes provisions regarding the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The state House bill started out as a measure to curb the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Senate version added harsher penalties for possession of marijuana.

It also lists findings that could be used in an attempt to overturn the 31-year-old Supreme Court decision that allows small amounts of marijuana in Alaska homes.


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