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Marijuana initiative topic of debate in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — The fight over a ballot measure to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in Alaska pitted representatives from both sides of the battle against each other in a debate put on Monday by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

It was the first clash in a public forum between the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, managed by communications firm Strategies 360, and Big Marijuana Big Mistake, a group with some big-name backers, including former Gov. Frank Murkowski and Chenega Corp.

Legalization supporters turned in more than 45,000 verified signatures in February to get the initiative on the ballot, and the effort since then has turned toward convincing the rest of Alaska voters that regulating and taxing marijuana is a good thing for the state. Whether Alaskans should take an underground pot industry away from the black market or reject the drug’s commercialization is yet another hot-button issue voters must decide on an already crowded November ballot. Read More

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Rob Meagher, CBE’s Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief is a 30 year veteran of the media world. His career has spanned from stints representing the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Reader’s Digest, Financial World & Corporate Finance to the technology world where he worked at International Data Group and Ziff Davis where he was part of the launch team for The Web Magazine, Yahoo Internet Life, Smart Business and Expedia Travels before starting his own marketing and Publisher’s Representative Firm. He also ran all print and online media sales and marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management before partnering with Forbes and then Fortune to create Special Sections covering a variety of topics. Rob, who started CBE Press in 2014, can be contacted at [email protected]

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