Portugal Goes Medical While Alaska Regulators Further Delay Discussions

Portugal approves use of marijuana-based medicines

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament has given final legislative approval for the use of marijuana-based medicines, which are already permitted in other European countries.

An initial parliamentary debate five months ago considered a provision allowing patients to grow and use marijuana, but that possibility was struck down when the bill passed through a committee stage and was not included in the final vote Friday.

All parties voted in favor of the bill except for the center-right Popular Party, which abstained.

Marijuana-based medicines will be available only with a doctor’s prescription and sold only in pharmacies.

The law will come into force on July 1.

Alaska pot regulators again delay discussion of onsite use

By Becky Bohrer

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators have delayed until August discussion of proposed rules for allowing onsite consumption of marijuana at certain shops.

This is the second such delay this year. The previous delay followed the loss of a Marijuana Control Board member.

The board is at full strength. However, the new member, Jeff Ankerfelt, did not attend this week’s meetings in Anchorage. Ankerfelt had said he would miss them to attend his daughter’s college graduation in California.

Regulators have gone back and forth on onsite use, adopting rules in late 2015 to allow people to use marijuana at certain stores but never finalizing how that would work.

Between now and August, two board members plan to work on possible changes to the draft following passage of legislation that would place restrictions on smoking.

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