Background checks for marijuana businesses discussed on Action Line

    During its meeting late last month, the State Marijuana Control Board of Directors reviewed three drafts of regulations related to background checks.

    Posted Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 12:24pm by Lori James

    During its meeting late last month, the State Marijuana Control Board of Directors reviewed three drafts of regulations related to background checks.

    Juneau Assemblymember Loren Jones serves on the state board and was a recent guest on Action Line. "We were informed by the FBI that they would not allow us to do national background checks.", stated Jones. "We didn't have the appropriate authorization from the legislature. That bill passed. There was a bill that changed some of the composition for the Alcohol Beverage Control Board and in that package was also the permission. The governor has not signed that legislation yet. I believe the effective date is 90 days after. The question that was before us at the last meeting was if the FBI will accept that. He has signed, but is not effective yet - that we can submit finger prints. If the FBI says we have to wait until it's effective, then we're going to have some delay. If they say 'yes you can do that', then we can do that."

    Jones said the board gave staff direction on how to proceed. "Our instructions were to take the applications as deemed complete, send them to the local government so they can start their 60 day review, see if there's any protest, and then we at that point can, at our June meeting, issue some licences. There may be a July meeting at this point given the volume of what we have but technically we cannot issue a license until we have done the background check. The state law you may not have been convicted of a felony or on probation from a felony in the past five years and if we can't check national databases and the only thing we can check is state databases then we can't comply with the state law."

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