The state’s Marijuana Control Board is getting closer to hammering out the final regulations that will govern commercial sales of marijuana.

Board members met in Kotzebue on Monday and will be back in Anchorage for a series of meetings over the next two weeks.

Board President Bruce Schulte says they are going through thousands of pages of public comment on nine proposed regulations. He says they’ve gotten a lot of feedback and are taking that into account as they work to finish a final draft.

“That’s good because it tells us people are paying attention and they are reading these drafts carefully,” Schulte said. “So our task now is to go through and try and consolidate all that with import from other sources and come up with the [regulations] that we think are going to work best.”

Schulte says the board expects to issue a final draft of the regulations in early October, which will set off a final round of public comment for the next 30 days. The regulations need to be in place by Nov. 24.

The state expects to issue its first commercial licenses on Feb. 24.

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