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02/12/2019 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:31:40 PM Start
01:32:28 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):
03:37:32 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Charlie Cross - Rescheduled to 2/14/19
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
- Marijuana Control Board
Vivian Stiver - Fairbanks
Christopher Jaime - Rescheduled to 2/14/19
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                       February 12, 2019                                                                                        
                           1:31 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lora Reinbold, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Mia Costello, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Chris Birch                                                                                                             
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board                                                                                              
Charlie Cross - Nome                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - RESCHEDULED TO 2/14/19                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Marijuana Control Board                                                                                                       
Vivian Stiver - Fairbanks                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Christopher Jaime - Soldotna                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     RESCHEDULED TO 2/14/19                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
VIVIAN STIVER, Appointee                                                                                                        
Marijuana Control Board                                                                                                         
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as appointee  to  the  Marijuana                                                             
Control Board.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
RICK HINKEY, representing himself                                                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CARY CARRIGAN, Executive Director                                                                                               
Alaska Marijuana Industry Association                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JUANITA ALLIK, Principal                                                                                                        
Wonderland Emporium                                                                                                             
Chugiak, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KAREN CLAUTICE, representing herself                                                                                            
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL WASHBURN, representing herself; Staff                                                                                    
Alaskan Blooms                                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TINA SMITH, Chief Operating Officer                                                                                             
Midnight Greenery                                                                                                               
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
VANESSA LISTON-CUNNINGHAM, Agent                                                                                                
Matanuska Medicine Woman, LLC                                                                                                   
Knik, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
NICHOLAS REAUME, Manager                                                                                                        
Greatland Ganja                                                                                                                 
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
J.R. TUEL, representing himself                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KAREN LOWRY, Alaskan Blooms                                                                                                     
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE CAMPBELL, representing himself                                                                                            
Anchorage. Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  support of the  appointment of                                                             
Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE SCHULTE, representing himself                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE CLEAVER, Owner, Weed Dudes                                                                                             
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  in opposition  to Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
RYAN TUNSETH, Owner                                                                                                             
East Rip                                                                                                                        
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA PATTERSON, Owner                                                                                                       
High Bush Buds                                                                                                                  
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to  the confirmation                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DOLLYNDA PHELPS, Co-Owner                                                                                                       
Peace Frog Botanicals                                                                                                           
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA REIN, Houston Collective                                                                                                
Houston, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TYLER SWAN, representing himself                                                                                                
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BYRON DALTON, representing himself                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT GREEMAN, representing himself                                                                                             
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LYNETTE CLARK, Owner                                                                                                            
Mining our Own Business                                                                                                         
Fox, Alaska                                                                                                                     
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KIM DUNSHIE-HERNING, representing herself                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOESPH EICKHOLT, Owner                                                                                                          
Alaska Beasty Buds                                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LINDEN ANSON, representing self                                                                                                 
Alaskan Blooms                                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JUDY ELEDGE, representing herself                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA FOSTER, representing herself                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BENJAMEN WILCOX, representing himself                                                                                           
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CALEB SAUNDERS, Chief Executive Officer                                                                                         
Green Jar                                                                                                                       
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LEIF ABEL, Vice President                                                                                                       
Alaska Marijuana Industry Association                                                                                           
Kasilof, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DOUG ANDERSON, Odin's Wagon                                                                                                     
Kasilof, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
NATHAN DAVIS, representing himself                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LISA COATES, Owner                                                                                                              
Urban Extracts                                                                                                                  
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COLE HOLLISTER, Chairman                                                                                                        
Alaska Cannabis PAC; Co-Owner                                                                                                   
Pakalolo Supply Company                                                                                                         
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TREVOR HAYNES, Owner                                                                                                            
Good Cannabis                                                                                                                   
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KATHRYN STASKON, Owner                                                                                                          
Kenai Botanicals                                                                                                                
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JIM DYER, JKD Brands LLC                                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DWIGHT HAAK, representing himself                                                                                               
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KERBY COMAN, Owner,                                                                                                             
Green Degree, Rosebuds LLC                                                                                                      
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SHANE DEVAUGHN, representing himself                                                                                            
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOSHUA COBIN, representing himself                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
EDITH VON WELTIN, Manager                                                                                                       
Alaska Growth                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TERRENCE ROBBINS, representing himself                                                                                          
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH HOLM, representing herself                                                                                            
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
AARON RALPH, Owner                                                                                                              
Alaska Cannabis Exchange; Board Member                                                                                          
Anchorage Cannabis Business Association                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHASE AMADOR, Employee                                                                                                          
East Rip                                                                                                                        
Nikiski, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KIM KOLE, Owner, Raspberry Roots;                                                                                               
Secretary, Alaska Marijuana Association                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
EMILY NENON, representing herself                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  in  support  of  Vivian  Stiver,                                                             
appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
LEAH LEVINTON, Co-Owner                                                                                                         
Enlighten Alaska                                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY OLIVIERI, Principal                                                                                                     
Matanuska Medicine Women                                                                                                        
Mat-Su Valley, Alaska                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LARRY O'KELLEY, representing himself                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JAMES THORNTON, Owner                                                                                                           
Secret Garden Cannabis                                                                                                          
Fairview, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MARGUERITA GILBERTSON, Denali Gold LLC                                                                                          
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KATIE GOOD, representing herself                                                                                                
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
EVELYN REICH, Owner                                                                                                             
Down to Earth Farms                                                                                                             
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ED MARTIN, representing himself                                                                                                 
Coopers Landing, Alaska                                                                                                         
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHASE GRIFFITH, Owner                                                                                                           
Permafrost Distributors; President                                                                                              
Kenai Peninsula Alaska Marijuana Industry Association (KPAMIA)                                                                  
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified during  the confirmation hearing of                                                             
the appointment of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MARC THEILLER, Co-Founder                                                                                                       
Red Run Cannabis                                                                                                                
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  during  the confirmation  hearing                                                             
for Vivian Stiver's appointment to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICTORIA DAVIS, representing herself                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  the appointment                                                             
of Vivian Stiver to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SHOSHANA KUN, representing herself                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  Vivian Stiver's                                                             
confirmation to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HILDA LESTRON, representing herself                                                                                             
Seward, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  Vivian Stiver's                                                             
confirmation to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMIE LETTERMAN, Owner                                                                                                          
ThunderCloud9                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  opposition to  Vivian Stiver's                                                             
confirmation to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:31:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  LORA  REINBOLD  called  the   Senate  Labor  and  Commerce                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:31 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call  to  order  were  Senators Costello,  Bishop,  Birch,  Gray-                                                               
Jackson and Chair Reinbold.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
                    Marijuana Control Board                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:32:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be the confirmation hearing of  Vivian Stiver as appointee to the                                                               
Marijuana Control Board.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:34:04 PM                                                                                                                    
VIVIAN STIVER,  Appointee, Marijuana  Control Board,  stated that                                                               
she has business and local  government experience. She previously                                                               
served as  a city council  member and  as a legislative  aide, so                                                               
she is familiar with the  legislative process. She said she would                                                               
like to  serve and assist  the public in  navigating governmental                                                               
agencies in a courteous and understandable manner.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. STIVER said  she was initially hesitant to  apply and delayed                                                               
her application  for a  position on  the Marijuana  Control Board                                                               
(MCB)  because  she  knew it  would  be  somewhat  controversial.                                                               
However, she  reconsidered when she  saw that two  industry seats                                                               
were open.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She said she reviewed the fact  sheet for the MCB. She discovered                                                               
that the  board would be  comprised of two industry  seats during                                                               
the  first two  years  and thereafter,  the  industry seat  would                                                               
shift to  an "industry or  public member."  Now that the  MCB has                                                               
successfully  put  regulations  into  place, it  is  time  for  a                                                               
"public seat"  be filled to  inform the public of  board actions,                                                               
she said.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. STIVER  expressed an  interest in  education and  in process.                                                               
She  stated that  she  met  with some  members  of the  marijuana                                                               
industry in Anchorage for a full  day on February 2, 2019. During                                                               
this time, she gained a  tremendous amount of knowledge about the                                                               
marijuana industry.  She toured  businesses in  Anchorage, shared                                                               
her concerns,  and clarified some  information. She said  she was                                                               
encouraged after  meeting with these industry  members. One thing                                                               
that she  can bring  to the  board is to  assure people  that the                                                               
public's voice will be heard.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:36:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  STIVER  stated  that  the  MCB's  regulations  are  set  and                                                               
statutes must  be followed.  The public  member will  help assess                                                               
whether regulations are  stifling the industry or  if any changes                                                               
need  to be  made.  She said  that the  marijuana  industry is  a                                                               
legitimate industry  in Alaska, one  that has a right  to operate                                                               
successfully. However,  the industry  must be also  be responsive                                                               
to the  community, who  must have  confidence going  forward, she                                                               
said.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:37:26 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COSTELLO  said  she  is   encouraged  that  hundreds  of                                                               
Alaskans  are willing  to serve  on boards  and commissions.  She                                                               
said Vivian  Stiver's appointment  to the  board has  caused some                                                               
concerns. She  wanted to  give her an  opportunity to  respond to                                                               
some  concerns her  constituents and  others have  expressed. She                                                               
just heard  her say that  the marijuana industry is  a legitimate                                                               
industry. She pointed  out one e-mail she received  said that Ms.                                                               
Stiver would  be unable  to fairly  carry out  the duties  of the                                                               
position because  her public  belief is  that cannabis  users are                                                               
non-functioning members of society.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. STIVER answered that statement  could not be further from the                                                               
truth. She agreed  she was active in her  Fairbanks community and                                                               
felt that  the city  council needed to  have ordinances  in place                                                               
prior  to  marijuana  businesses   operating  in  the  area.  She                                                               
remarked:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     We  didn't win  that. It  went  down. That  was not  an                                                                    
     attempt  to  make  marijuana  illegal.  It  was  not  a                                                                    
     judgment  on anyone  who uses  any marijuana  products.                                                                    
     So, that is inaccurate.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She replied  that she would  not have any problem  working within                                                               
the  parameters  of  the  seat  and  working  well  for  everyone                                                               
involved.  She  said that  this  is  about  an industry  that  is                                                               
growing. It is also about confidence in the community.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:39:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON thanked her for  her willingness to serve on                                                               
the board.  She said one thing  she truly believes in,  no matter                                                               
whether  a  person  is  elected   or  appointed  to  a  board  or                                                               
commission, is how important it  is to keep personal opinions out                                                               
of the decision-making  process. The people of  Alaska voted some                                                               
time ago  to legalize marijuana,  she said. She asked  Ms. Stiver                                                               
whether she can be impartial when making decisions.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. STIVER answered yes; she  can be impartial. She characterized                                                               
it  as "cut  and dry."  The  legislature is  responsible to  pass                                                               
legislation  and  the  board has  statutory  authority  to  adopt                                                               
regulations.  She  agreed  that  conversations  will  take  place                                                               
during board  meetings. She  has worked to  learn more  about the                                                               
marijuana  industry and  community.  She  recommended Kim  Kole's                                                               
marijuana  handler's test,  which she  characterized as  amazing.                                                               
She has  taken the  test and she  did well on  it, she  said. She                                                               
stressed that  her interest  is to learn,  to understand,  and to                                                               
work well with everyone.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:41:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP thanked  her for her testimony. He said  that as a                                                               
small business owner  she knows what it takes to  run a business.                                                               
He   acknowledged  that   government  can   sometimes  throw   up                                                               
roadblocks.  He is  also a  businessperson, albeit  as kind  of a                                                               
hobby, but  he must also  follow the state Department  of Natural                                                               
Resources rules  and regulations.  He remarked  that it  is tough                                                               
for  businesses  to make  their  payroll.  He imagined  that  Ms.                                                               
Stiver  understands  the  necessary   capital  outlay  and  small                                                               
business payroll concerns.  He asked her, if she  is confirmed to                                                               
serve on the MCB, whether she  will be considerate of the capital                                                               
expenditure made  by these businesses.  Secondly, he  stated that                                                               
the governor  campaigned on  public safety,  job growth,  and for                                                               
new business in the state. He  asked whether she would align with                                                               
[Governor Dunleavy's]  promise to grow Alaska's  economy, even if                                                               
it is for an industry that she has not previously supported.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  STIVER answered  that she  has  had an  opportunity to  tour                                                               
businesses  and she  observed  professionalism.  She has  learned                                                               
about  their business  procedures. She  said she  thinks if  more                                                               
people  understood that  marijuana  businesses  must account  for                                                               
their  marijuana inventory  at the  end of  each day,  they would                                                               
have more  appreciation for the self-regulation  the industry has                                                               
undertaken. She remarked:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     I'm all in. I am kind  of shocked to say this, but when                                                                    
     I see responsible operators; I'm  not seeing a problem.                                                                    
     As you  know, in Fairbanks  we did have a  problem with                                                                    
     the business of "Frozen Buds"  and they were shut down.                                                                    
     Regulation. It  worked. We also had  another issue with                                                                    
     a cultivator that had an  odor. The City Council put in                                                                    
     some more ordinances  and that is no  longer a problem.                                                                    
     And  so, I'm  hearing "crickets."  I am  not hearing  a                                                                    
     mass of  problems in  any way, shape,  or form.  I have                                                                    
     confidence  that the  folks that  are in  this industry                                                                    
     are serious;  they are  playing by  the rules.  I would                                                                    
     look to  make sure  that government  doesn't overreach.                                                                    
     That  is  one  thing  I haven't  tolerated  in  my  own                                                                    
     businesses  and have  fought, and  I certainly  will do                                                                    
     the same for this industry.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:43:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BIRCH thanked  her for her willingness to  serve. He said                                                               
he was opposed to the  ballot measure and actively worked against                                                               
the ballot measure that legalized  marijuana. He said, "But, that                                                               
ship has  sailed, if you will.  It was publicly supported  in the                                                               
state." He asked  where she would see the  industry headed, given                                                               
the  amount of  capital  invested by  businesses, the  industry's                                                               
growth, and  revenue derived from this  industry. He acknowledged                                                               
he still has  reservations. He has grandchildren and  he does not                                                               
wish to  see them have alcohol  or any drug problems.  He further                                                               
asked what role she views for  herself on the MCB in her capacity                                                               
and with her experience.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. STIVER responded  that she views the marijuana  industry as a                                                               
growth industry.  She has heard  concerns expressed  from several                                                               
viewpoints. However, the main purpose of  the board is to be fair                                                               
and  not over-regulate  businesses,  she said.  As Senator  Birch                                                               
mentioned,  the  marijuana industry  is  legal,  the voters  have                                                               
spoken, and she did not  believe that will change. She reiterated                                                               
that  she sees  a growing  and thriving  marijuana industry.  She                                                               
pointed out that  she observed numerous - mostly  older - people,                                                               
going  in and  out of  the shops  she visited.  Further, she  has                                                               
friends who  obtain relief from medical  marijuana. Although more                                                               
research needs to be done,  the potential exists, she said. After                                                               
observing  the passionate  and responsible  shop owners,  she has                                                               
more  confidence that  "folks  are  in the  business  to do  good                                                               
business."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:46:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR   BIRCH   asked   for  further   clarification   on   the                                                               
distribution between public and industry seats on the MCB.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  STIVER  related  her  understanding that  the  MCB  has  two                                                               
members who  represent industry  for the  first three  years, but                                                               
the  second industry  seat could  be converted  and be  filled by                                                               
either an  industry or  public member.  In further  response, she                                                               
stated  the  board  membership  includes  a  representative  from                                                               
public safety, public health, and  rural Alaska, and two from the                                                               
marijuana   industry.    She   clarified   that   of    the   two                                                               
representatives  from  the marijuana  industry,  one  could be  a                                                               
public member.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:47:57 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD opened  public testimony  on the  confirmation of                                                               
Vivian Stiver  as appointee to  the Marijuana Control  Board. She                                                               
asked  business owners  to list  the  name of  the business.  She                                                               
welcomed        written        testimony       e-mailed        to                                                               
senate.labor.and.commerce@akleg.gov.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:49:10 PM                                                                                                                    
RICK  HINKEY,  representing himself,  said  he  is testifying  in                                                               
support of  Vivian Stiver's appointment to  the Marijuana Control                                                               
Board   (MCB).  He   said  he   supports  the   legalization  and                                                               
commercialization of  cannabis, which is good  for the community.                                                               
The industry has  done well, and regulations  have been developed                                                               
with robust  dialogue from both  sides. However, he  has recently                                                               
seen less  robust dialogue at  meetings. He has attended  many of                                                               
the MCB  meetings and he  has been frustrated with  the decision-                                                               
making process,  he said.  He thinks  that this  appointment will                                                               
bring balance to  the board. The primary mission of  the board is                                                               
to regulate  the industry, not  to further the industry.  He read                                                               
the  mission  statement  for  the  Alcohol  &  Marijuana  Control                                                               
Office, which read as follows:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
        Enforce alcohol and marijuana commerce laws and                                                                         
      provide clear, consistent standards for licensure to                                                                      
     protect the public from harm.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. HINKEY said he thinks this is a good appointment and                                                                        
will bring balance to the board, that it will make the                                                                          
industry stronger, not weaker.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:51:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CARY  CARRIGAN,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Marijuana  Industry                                                               
Association (AMIJ),  said that  the sincere  opinion held  by the                                                               
members  of  the  AMIJ  is   that  Vivian  Stiver,  a  recognized                                                               
[marijuana] prohibitionist, is unfit to  serve as a member of the                                                               
Marijuana  Control Board  (MCB). He  remarked, "It  is impossible                                                               
for a  leopard to change  its spots,  in my opinion."  He pointed                                                               
out her  numerous opposition statements.  She was  insincere when                                                               
she says she reached  out to the AMIA because she  did not do so,                                                               
he said. In fact, he contacted  the group she was affiliated with                                                               
twice  to learn  about her  positions  and was  turned back  both                                                               
times.  They told  him that  he was  not a  "good fit"  for their                                                               
"hand-selected" group.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. CARRIGAN said that someone  with considerable knowledge about                                                               
cannabis,  Brandon  Emmett, is  being  displaced  on the  MCB  by                                                               
someone with  little or  no knowledge about  the industry.  It is                                                               
not possible  for someone to  regulate an industry if  the person                                                               
does not know  anything about it. She cannot bring  value or help                                                               
it  grow successfully  inside the  tightly  regulated bounds  the                                                               
state  has set  out for  it. The  industry has  repeatedly proved                                                               
that  its businesses  are comprised  of good  community citizens,                                                               
who  work  hard  to  ensure that  the  industry  functions  well.                                                               
Further,  the  AMIA  works with  the  Western  Regional  Cannabis                                                               
Business  Alliance   and  the  American  Trade   Association  for                                                               
Cannabis and Hemp  to help set national  standards for education.                                                               
He  remarked  that  Ms. Stiver's  understanding  about  marijuana                                                               
appears to be non-existent, so placing  her on the MCB appears to                                                               
be a misguided  effort to slow or stifle  the marijuana industry.                                                               
This  appointment comes  at a  time when  the industry  generates                                                               
ever-increasing  revenue the  state  needs.  He suggested  public                                                               
confidence  can be  addressed  by  appointing the  most-qualified                                                               
people to serve  on the MCB. In closing, he  offered to provide a                                                               
list of names of well-qualified people who are willing to serve.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:54:31 PM                                                                                                                    
JUANITA  ALLIK,  Principal,  Wonderland Emporium,  remarked  that                                                               
Vivian Stiver  is a [marijuana]  prohibitionist, that she  is not                                                               
well educated  on marijuana  issues and should  not serve  on the                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:55:20 PM                                                                                                                    
KAREN CLAUTICE, representing herself,  stated her support for the                                                               
confirmation of Vivian Stiver to the  MCB. She said she knows her                                                               
to be honest,  level-headed, and hard-working. She  is willing to                                                               
listen to all sides. She  offered her belief that Vivian Stiver's                                                               
presence will bring balance and a  good process to the board. She                                                               
read excerpts  from an undated  article she saw in  the Fairbanks                                                             
Daily  News Miner  to illustrate  her  point that  Ms. Stiver  is                                                             
interested in providing public education and process.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:56:27 PM                                                                                                                    
CHERYL  WASHBURN, Staff,  Alaskan  Blooms; representing  herself,                                                               
said, "I'm going with no for Vivian Stiver."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA SMITH,  Chief Operating  Officer, Midnight  Greenery, stated                                                               
her  strong opposition  to Vivian  Stiver's  appointment. In  her                                                               
words and  actions, Ms.  Stiver has  actively worked  against all                                                               
marijuana businesses  and the  industry for  years. In  fact, she                                                               
initiated  a  ballot measure  that  cost  the marijuana  industry                                                               
countless hours  away from its  businesses and tens  of thousands                                                               
of dollars,  including costs  to local  government. She  said she                                                               
recently met with  Ms. Stiver, who assured her that  she had done                                                               
extensive research  to back up her  oppositional claims. However,                                                               
Ms. Stiver  admitted she had  not reviewed the  regulations until                                                               
the previous evening. She characterized  this as a "red flag" for                                                               
her  since   Ms.  Stiver  took  actions   to  prohibit  marijuana                                                               
businesses in  Fairbanks without first obtaining  knowledge about                                                               
the industry  or attending any  MCB meetings. Instead,  she based                                                               
her  actions  on  emotion.  She  would  only  continue  to  cause                                                               
mistrust if she serves on the board, she said.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:59:08 PM                                                                                                                    
VANESSA LISTON-CUNNINGHAM, Agent,  Matanuska Medicine Woman, LCC,                                                               
stated  she  is an  investor  and  mentor of  Matanuska  Medicine                                                               
Woman, LLC, and  her grandsons operate it. She said  it has taken                                                               
everything  her family  has  to work  to  legalize marijuana  and                                                               
invest in a legal marijuana  business. She said she is testifying                                                               
in opposition to  the appointment of Vivian  Stiver. She remarked                                                               
that Ms. Stiver  is [disingenuous]. She said that  she shares Mr.                                                               
Carrigan's viewpoint.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:00:44 PM                                                                                                                    
NICHOLAS  REAUME,  Manager, Greatland  Ganja,  stated  he is  the                                                               
general manager of  a cannabis cultivating facility  on the Kenai                                                               
Peninsula  that  employs  over a  dozen  Alaskans.  His  business                                                               
provides jobs  and has generated  over $13 million in  revenue to                                                               
the state  in three years.  He testified in opposition  to Vivian                                                               
Stiver to the MCB, who  is a known [marijuana] prohibitionist who                                                               
tried to shut  down the cannabis industry in  the Mat-Su Borough.                                                               
He advocated for knowledgeable board  members who are not opposed                                                               
to growth in the marijuana industry.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:02:53 PM                                                                                                                    
J.R. TUEL,  representing himself, said  he works in  the industry                                                               
and  strongly opposes  the appointment  of Vivian  Stiver to  the                                                               
Marijuana  Control  Board.  He  said  that  he  agrees  with  Mr.                                                               
Carrigan's testimony.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:03:33 PM                                                                                                                    
KAREN LOWRY,  Alaskan Blooms, said  that she strongly  objects to                                                               
the appointment of  a [marijuana] prohibitionist to  the MCB. She                                                               
stated that  Vivian Stiver's misinformation  has been  the status                                                               
quo about  cannabis and the industry.  She led the effort  to ban                                                               
cannabis in the Fairbanks North  Star Borough (FNSB) and the City                                                               
of Fairbanks in 2017, which was  soundly defeated by a 70 percent                                                               
voter turnout.  She said  that Ms.  Stiver's newfound  beliefs in                                                               
the  marijuana industry  are suspect  at the  very least,  if not                                                               
even  borderline criminal.  She has  always opposed  the cannabis                                                               
industry and has worked to shut it down.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:05:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  LOWRY  apologized  and  asked   to  strike  her  denigrating                                                               
comments. After  numerous attempts to  meet with the  group "Safe                                                               
Neighborhoods," the  industry continued to find  her unwilling to                                                               
review statistics, or question members  of the marijuana industry                                                               
to become more  informed. In closing, she  expressed concern that                                                               
Ms. Stiver  has a  moral agenda  she seeks  to implement  via the                                                               
MCB.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:06:03 PM                                                                                                                    
BRUCE  CAMPBELL, representing  himself, testified  in support  of                                                               
confirmation of Vivian Stiver to  the Marijuana Control Board. He                                                               
offered his belief that she  would be an excellent representative                                                               
for  the public  seat.  He knows  Vivian and  said  she is  calm,                                                               
thoughtful,  well-informed,  familiar  with  the  regulatory  and                                                               
statutory  process,  listens,  and  respects  the  integrity  and                                                               
opinions of others.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:07:23 PM                                                                                                                    
BRUCE SCHULTE,  representing himself,  said that  in 2014  he was                                                               
the spokesman for the campaign  to regulate marijuana, also known                                                               
as  Ballot Measure  2.  In 2015,  he was  the  spokesman for  the                                                               
Coalition of Responsible Cannabis  Legislation, and in 2015-2016,                                                               
he served on  the MCB in the seat currently  being considered. He                                                               
said he is adamantly opposed to Ms. Stiver's appointment.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SCHULTE said  he appreciates  the  efforts she  has made  on                                                               
behalf  of  her community.  However,  she  has a  well-documented                                                               
history  of   actively  opposing   all  cannabis   businesses  in                                                               
Fairbanks and  leading efforts  to ban the  industry. He  said it                                                               
seems  as  though this  administration  is  determined to  "train                                                               
wreck"  this  industry  by  appointing  known  opponents  of  the                                                               
cannabis industry, such as Vivian  Stiver, to serve on the board.                                                               
He  reported that  this is  a $200  billion industry  operated by                                                               
hundreds of  Alaskan entrepreneurs  generating $20-30  million in                                                               
state and local revenue. At the  same time the legal industry has                                                               
substantially  diminished the  illegal marijuana  "black market."                                                               
This  industry  has  proven itself  worthy  of  state  government                                                               
support. However,  it continues  to struggle  through clandestine                                                               
efforts  to   undermine  it.  The  previous   public  member  was                                                               
dismissed  without explanation  in apparent  response to  a board                                                               
action the  administration did not  support. He urged  members to                                                               
oppose Vivian Stiver's confirmation.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:10:15 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHELLE CLEAVER, Owner, Weed Dudes,  said her business has eight                                                               
employees.  Last  month her  business  provided  $1.5 million  in                                                               
state  revenue. She  has been  involved in  other aspects  of the                                                               
marijuana industry.  She expressed concern  over the loss  of the                                                               
two board  MCB members currently  being replaced. She has  made a                                                               
substantial financial  investment in her business  and has relied                                                               
on  the board  to hold  the  industry together.  She related  the                                                               
board composition and  urged members to select  an industry board                                                               
member to  serve on the board.  In closing, she said  that Vivian                                                               
Stiver does not have the right skills to move the board forward.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:12:33 PM                                                                                                                    
RYAN TUNSETH, Owner,  East Rip, said it seems clear  when the MCB                                                               
board was  established that the  intent was to have  industry and                                                               
the public  members well represented.  He spoke in  opposition to                                                               
Vivian  Stiver  because  she is  an  anti-industry  activist.  He                                                               
offered quotes to illustrate his opposition.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:15:08 PM                                                                                                                    
PATRICIA  PATTERSON, Owner,  High Bush  Buds, said  she owns  two                                                               
businesses  in  the  Kenai area.  After  reviewing  Ms.  Stiver's                                                               
public testimony at  meetings, she decided that  Vivian Stiver is                                                               
not  qualified  for   this  job  simply  because   she  does  not                                                               
understand the  industry. When  she hires  her employees  at High                                                               
Bush  Buds,  they  must understand  marijuana  strains.  However,                                                               
until  recently, Ms.  Stiver  did  not make  the  effort to  read                                                               
regulations, attend  MCB meetings, or otherwise  educate herself.                                                               
She  suggested that  the state  should reopen  the seat  and find                                                               
qualified people to serve.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:17:53 PM                                                                                                                    
DOLLYNDA  PHELPS,  Co-Owner,  Peace  Frog  Botanicals  said  that                                                               
contrary  to  her  testimony  today,  Ms.  Stiver  is  a  staunch                                                               
[marijuana]  prohibitionist. Her  actions speak  louder than  her                                                               
words.  She has  made two  had failed  attempts to  ban marijuana                                                               
facilities  in  Fairbanks.  She opposed  nearly  every  marijuana                                                               
license that has  come before local government  for approval. She                                                               
has  shared  misinformation  and lacks  the  necessary  education                                                               
about the cannabis industry.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. PHELPS said  she would prefer to see  another industry member                                                               
seat  on its  regulatory  board,  or the  board  will be  grossly                                                               
unbalanced. The board  currently has one industry  seat filled by                                                               
Mick Miller,  but the remaining  80 percent of the  board members                                                               
know little about cannabis or  the functionality of the industry.                                                               
In  closing, she  urged  the  board to  deny  the appointment  of                                                               
Vivian Stiver to the MCB.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:19:47 PM                                                                                                                    
REBECCA REIN,  Houston Collective, stated  she runs a  small firm                                                               
in  the cannabis  industry and  serves as  chair of  the City  of                                                               
Houston Planning  Commission. As  Ms. Stiver stated  earlier, she                                                               
is  just now  learning about  the cannabis  industry. Ms.  Stiver                                                               
recently visited a  legal cannabis business and  took a marijuana                                                               
handler's  course,  which means  during  the  years she  actively                                                               
campaigned  against the  industry she  was uninformed.  She urged                                                               
members to oppose the confirmation of Vivian Stiver to the MCB.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:21:12 PM                                                                                                                    
TYLER  SWAN, representing  himself,  testified  in opposition  to                                                               
Vivian  Stiver  serving  on  the  MCB  because  she  is  a  known                                                               
prohibitionist of the cannabis industry.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:22:02 PM                                                                                                                    
BYON  DALTON, representing  himself, said  that he  works in  the                                                               
industry.  He   testified  in   opposition  to   Vivian  Stiver's                                                               
appointment to the MCB.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:22:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SCOTT GREEMAN,  representing himself, testified in  opposition to                                                               
Vivian  Stiver's  appointment  to  the  MCB.  Alaskans  voted  to                                                               
legalize  marijuana,  but Vivian  Stiver  has  always viewed  the                                                               
marijuana  industry  in  a  negative  way.  He  pointed  out  the                                                               
positives  he finds  in the  marijuana  industry, including  that                                                               
family members  work together, and  it is a growth  industry that                                                               
provides revenue  to the state.  He suggested that  businesses do                                                               
not  want someone  with prohibitionist  beliefs to  sit on  their                                                               
board. He  said he  supports having  a marijuana  industry person                                                               
serve on the board to help the industry move forward.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:24:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD  provided  the committee's  website  for  written                                                               
testimony: senate.labor.and.commerce@akleg.gov                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:24:35 PM                                                                                                                    
LYNETTE CLARK,  Owner, Mining Our  Own Business, stated  that she                                                               
has a  gold mining business.  She offered her belief  that Vivian                                                               
Stiver is a bad  choice to serve on the MCB. She  said, "She is a                                                               
Trojan horse going  on that board." She cannot  be impartial, has                                                               
a  history  of  bias  against the  marijuana  industry,  and  has                                                               
actively fought against it.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLARK said  she does not trust Vivian Stiver  to serve on the                                                               
board  and  she absolutely  opposes  her  representation for  the                                                               
legal   marijuana  industry.   Marijuana  businesses   contribute                                                               
millions in  tax dollars  of general fund  revenue each  year. In                                                               
closing,  she reiterated  that she  is adamantly  opposed to  her                                                               
confirmation. She  suggested a more qualified  applicant could be                                                               
found.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:28:20 PM                                                                                                                    
KIM  DUNSHIE-HERNING,  representing  herself, said  she  strongly                                                               
opposes  the  confirmation  of  Vivian Stiver  to  the  MCB.  She                                                               
acknowledged  previous  speakers  already  covered  many  of  the                                                               
reasons to oppose  her. Basically, she is  a known prohibitionist                                                               
of the industry, she said. She  said that people can pretend they                                                               
will be fair and open minded, but  at the same time still have an                                                               
agenda. She  said she views  Vivian Stiver  as doing this  as she                                                               
does not understand  cannabis nor has ever wanted  to learn about                                                               
the  industry. She  related her  understanding  that what  Vivian                                                               
Stiver believes  about the industry  is false and she  has spread                                                               
misinformation.  She said  that  more qualified  people could  be                                                               
selected to  serve on the MCB,  and she hopes that  Vivian Stiver                                                               
will not be confirmed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:30:38 PM                                                                                                                    
JOESPH  EICKHOLT,   Owner,  Alaska   Beasty  Buds,  said   he  is                                                               
testifying in opposition  to the appointment of  Vivian Stiver to                                                               
the  MCB. He  said  that  Vivian Stiver  is  a known  [marijuana]                                                               
prohibitionist and  her stance has always  been "anti-marijuana."                                                               
She would not be good for  the industry since she only represents                                                               
the minority of the public that chose not to legalize marijuana.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:31:35 PM                                                                                                                    
LINDEN  ANSON,   Owner,  Alaskan   Blooms,  stated  that   he  is                                                               
testifying in  opposition to Vivian Stiver's  appointment. She is                                                               
a  marijuana]  prohibitionist  who  has  only  recently  informed                                                               
herself about  the industry.  Her actions  speak louder  than her                                                               
words  and  she  is  not  the right  fit  for  the  industry.  He                                                               
expressed concern that currently  only one industry person serves                                                               
on the board. He expressed  further concern that she would hinder                                                               
growth of  the marijuana business, one  that provides substantial                                                               
tax revenue  to the state. He  said, "I would just  like my voice                                                               
heard. Hey, this is our industry;  this is our life. Please don't                                                               
put somebody  in there  that's going  to ruin  this for  me." His                                                               
life savings are tied up in his business, he said.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:33:56 PM                                                                                                                    
JUDY ELEDGE,  representing herself, said that  she fully supports                                                               
Vivian  Stiver to  serve on  the  MCB. Although  Alaska voted  to                                                               
legalize marijuana, many Alaskans did  not, and these people have                                                               
grave  concerns about  the law  and its  effect on  Alaskans. She                                                               
would like  the board to  be balanced  to ensure fairness  in the                                                               
decision-making process.  She emphasized her belief  that someone                                                               
who   opposes  the   industry  can   still  provide   a  valuable                                                               
perspective. She said  that she has known Vivian  Stiver for many                                                               
years and  has served  in different  organizations with  her. She                                                               
said  Vivian  Stiver  is  a  fair,  well-educated,  and  rational                                                               
person. She offered  her belief that she would  represent the MCB                                                               
in a professional manner.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:35:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHELSEA FOSTER,  representing herself, said she  previously spoke                                                               
with   Vivian   Stiver   about  her   appointment.   She   spread                                                               
misinformation during her failed  attempt to oppose the marijuana                                                               
industry  and  has  failed  to  learn  about  the  industry.  The                                                               
marijuana  industry   wants  someone  with  broad   knowledge  of                                                               
cannabis  to  serve on  the  MCB,  not  someone  who is  a  na?ve                                                               
cannabis prohibitionist. She urged  members not to confirm Vivian                                                               
Stiver. She  also recommended several  qualified people  to serve                                                               
on  the  MCB,  including  Keith   Griffith,  Kenai,  Tina  Smith,                                                               
Wasilla, and Kim Kole, Anchorage.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:37:36 PM                                                                                                                    
BENJAMEN  WILCOX,  representing himself,  said  that  he and  his                                                               
partner co-own  two Juneau cannabis  businesses with  a statewide                                                               
distribution.  He  said, "No  one  is  happy  with this.  No  one                                                               
believes  this is  a change  of  heart." He  asked whether  their                                                               
constituents  would  believe  them if  they  completely  reversed                                                               
their lifelong beliefs. He said that  a vote for Vivian Stiver is                                                               
a vote  to bolster and  reinvigorate the marijuana  black market.                                                               
It  would cause  stagnation in  a rapidly-growing  wholly-Alaskan                                                               
owned  industry.  It would  also  adversely  impact Alaska's  tax                                                               
revenue, result in hundreds or  thousands of industry job losses,                                                               
and limit consumer  access to safe and  tested cannabis products.                                                               
He also  said that  a vote  for Vivian  Stiver represents  a vote                                                               
against the  hard work that  businesses and the  legislature have                                                               
put in  to help establish  the workable and  prosperous marijuana                                                               
industry.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:39:21 PM                                                                                                                    
At-ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:39:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD reconvened the meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:39:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CALEB SAUNDERS,  Chief Executive Officer, Green  Jar, stated that                                                               
he is  one of the  owners of a  cannabis business, Green  Jar. He                                                               
said he opposes Vivian Stiver's  confirmation to the MCB. He said                                                               
that she  has been vying  for the industry/public  seat. However,                                                               
she  does  not  represent  a  good portion  of  the  public  that                                                               
supported legalization  of marijuana. He said  that Vivian Stiver                                                               
has  publicly stated  that  problems have  not  stemmed from  the                                                               
marijuana industry,  yet she  seems to imply  that the  work done                                                               
thus far is  biased and forgot to include the  public. This could                                                               
not be farther from the truth, he said.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He has fully  participated in the industry, first as  a member of                                                               
the  public  and  later  as   a  licensee.  He  has  attended  or                                                               
participated telephonically at every  MCB meeting. He stated that                                                               
public safety  and public health  has been  considered throughout                                                               
the  regulatory process.  His business  is  comprised of  owners,                                                               
employees, and  customers. In  his view,  Vivian Stiver  does not                                                               
represent  his customers  or  the large  portion  of the  public.                                                               
Instead, she represents industry prohibitionists, he said.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:41:48 PM                                                                                                                    
LEIF   ABEL,   Vice    President,   Alaska   Marijuana   Industry                                                               
Association; Founder, Greatland Ganja,  stated that he is opposed                                                               
to  Vivian Stiver's  appointment to  the industry/public  seat on                                                               
the  MCB. He  said it  could kill  the revenue  stream for  state                                                               
government. He  has earned the  Department of Revenue  (DOR) over                                                               
$12 million  in 2018 alone,  he said. He stressed  the importance                                                               
of  diversifying  Alaska's economy  and  jobs.  He said,  "Vivian                                                               
Stiver  is an  abject prohibitionist.  She  has no  good role  or                                                               
genuine reason to be on the MCB."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
He characterized  the industry  as a  compliant and  vibrant one.                                                               
According  to Credit  Union 1,  the industry  produced over  $200                                                               
million for the  state's economy last year. He  reported that the                                                               
industry  provides  over  700  jobs in  Kenai,  and  his  Kasilof                                                               
business  provides jobs  for 18  employees. He  said, "These  are                                                               
families   we  employ,   families   I'm   responsible  for."   He                                                               
highlighted  that   his  employees  have   worker's  compensation                                                               
insurance  and  work in  clean,  Occupational  Safety and  Health                                                               
Administration    (OSHA)    approved,   fire-marshal    permitted                                                               
facilities.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. ABEL  asked members  to protect local  jobs and  the families                                                               
who are employed  by the industry by  denying Governor Dunleavy's                                                               
appointment  of  Vivian  Stiver  to   the  MCB,  that  she  lacks                                                               
knowledge about the  cannabis industry, and she  should not serve                                                               
on  a quasi-judicial  board that  will make  important decisions.                                                               
Instead,  an industry  person should  be appointed.  He cautioned                                                               
that a  prohibitionist's actions  against the  marijuana industry                                                               
could bolster  black market sales,  increase crime,  and endanger                                                               
public  safety. He  pointed out  that legalized  industry removes                                                               
minors' access to marijuana.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:44:24 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUG ANDERSON,  Odin's Wagon, said he  is one of four  members of                                                               
Odin's   Wagon  in   Kasilof.  This   business  has   a  standard                                                               
cultivation license  from the  state. All of  his members  do not                                                               
support Vivian  Stiver's appointment to  the MCB, he  said. Based                                                               
on her  past behavior, she  would have  a negative effect  on the                                                               
development of  the responsible marijuana industry  in Alaska. He                                                               
offered his belief that she  cannot be impartial. He heard Vivian                                                               
Stiver mention  that marijuana businesses are  thriving; however,                                                               
from his  perspective their existence  is precarious at  best and                                                               
many  marijuana   businesses  have  gone  out   of  business.  He                                                               
expressed  concern  that her  presence  could  upset the  balance                                                               
needed to adopt safe and successful regulation in Alaska.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:45:49 PM                                                                                                                    
NATHAN  DAVIS,  representing himself,  stated  he  is with  Green                                                               
Thumb Garden Center, a lighting  supply. He said that he strongly                                                               
opposes  the appointment  of Vivian  Stiver  to the  MCB. He  has                                                               
personally interacted  with her, he  said. He noted that  she was                                                               
the  person at  the  front of  the line  trying  to ban  cannabis                                                               
throughout  Fairbanks.  He expressed  concern  that  she may  now                                                               
regulate   the  industry.   He  urged   members  to   oppose  the                                                               
appointment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:46:44 PM                                                                                                                    
LISA  COATES, Owner,  Urban Extracts,  stated her  business is  a                                                               
marijuana  products  manufacturer  in  Kenai.  She  said  she  is                                                               
opposed to  Ms. Stiver  being on  the MCB  because she  cannot be                                                               
unbiased.  She   expressed  concern  that  while   Vivian  Stiver                                                               
protested against  the industry, she  has only recently  begun to                                                               
learn  about  the  industry.  After  she  was  appointed  by  the                                                               
governor,  she changed  her views,  stating  she is  open to  the                                                               
industry. She indicated it is time  for a member of the public to                                                               
serve.  If so,  a  cannabis consumer  should  serve instead,  she                                                               
said. She reported that she  reviewed other board memberships for                                                               
public  participation  and discovered  that  all  members of  the                                                               
Board of Game are involved in the industry in some manner.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She  said, "It's  absurd. Vivian  Stiver touts  today how  she is                                                               
unbiased, but  she was  so opposed  to it,  and her  past actions                                                               
against the  industry should weigh  heavier than her  talk. She's                                                               
just not wired that  way and plain and simply not  fit for a seat                                                               
at the  table." The world is  changing and becoming more  open to                                                               
cannabis,  she  said. Alaska  can  recognize  this and  grow  its                                                               
economy, or it can stifle the industry.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  COATES  related that  until  now,  she  has always  been  an                                                               
employee, but she  retired from her job and became  an owner. She                                                               
has invested a lot  of money in this business and  it is scary to                                                               
think that  someone like Vivian Stiver  could completely collapse                                                               
her dream.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:49:31 PM                                                                                                                    
COLE   HOLLISTER,  Chairman,   Alaska  Cannabis   PAC;  Co-Owner,                                                               
Pakalolo  Supply  Company,  stated  that  he  has  a  cultivation                                                               
facility in  Fairbanks with several  retail stores.  He currently                                                               
employs 30 people.  He strongly opposes Vivian  Stiver serving on                                                               
the MCB, he  said. He has been involved in  the industry from the                                                               
beginning and  was a candidate for  the MCB in its  early stages.                                                               
He said  that Lynette Clark stated  it best when she  referred to                                                               
Vivian  Stiver as  a Trojan  horse. He  said that  as a  senator,                                                               
Governor Dunleavy was one of  the industry's strongest opponents.                                                               
He further  stated that  by removing Brandon  Emmett, one  of the                                                               
biggest  voices  from the  board,  and  appointing Vivian  Stiver                                                               
speaks to his  intentions against the industry.  He urged members                                                               
not  to support  or  confirm  Vivian Stiver  because  she is  not                                                               
qualified to serve on the MCB.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:51:37 PM                                                                                                                    
TREVOR  HAYNES, Owner,  Good Cannabis,  stated his  opposition to                                                               
the appointment  of Vivian  Stiver to  the MCB.  He said  that he                                                               
supports a fair  and balanced MCB. However, Vivian  Stiver is not                                                               
simply a contrarian  voice; she has historically been  one of the                                                               
worst enemies  of the cannabis  industry in Alaska.  The industry                                                               
is in  a fledgling state and  he is afraid  she will do a  lot of                                                               
damage if  she serves  on the board.  He characterized  the MCB's                                                               
work  as important,  that the  industry  needs strong,  effective                                                               
regulations  to  benefit  the industry  and  protect  the  public                                                               
health  and safety.  He said  he did  not think  she would  be an                                                               
honest broker  of cannabis regulations.  He favors  board members                                                               
who are fair  and reasonable, with knowledge  about the industry.                                                               
She cannot  bring a balanced approach  to the board, he  said. He                                                               
urged members to vote against her nomination.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:53:26 PM                                                                                                                    
KATHRYN  STASKON,  Owner,   Peninsula  Botanicals,  testified  in                                                               
opposition to Vivian Stiver's appointment  to the MCB. She agreed                                                               
with  many  testifiers.  She  offered   her  belief  that  Vivian                                                               
Stiver's   appointment  would   represent   regression  and   not                                                               
progress.   The  industry   is  thriving,   supporting  Alaskans,                                                               
communities,  and  revenue  to  help  the  state.  She  expressed                                                               
concern that if Vivian Stiver serves  on the board, it would only                                                               
hurt the industry and cannabis businesses.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:54:34 PM                                                                                                                    
JIM DYER, Co-Owner,  JKD Brands LLC, stated that he  and his wife                                                               
own a  business that specializes  in labeling cannabis  to ensure                                                               
regulatory compliance  in Alaska. He expressed  his opposition to                                                               
Vivian Stiver's appointment  to the MCB. She is  a known cannabis                                                               
prohibitionist,   who  strongly   opposes  the   legal  marijuana                                                               
industry,  he said.  He expressed  concern that  removal of  Jeff                                                               
Ankerfelt and  Brandon Emmett by the  governor represent backward                                                               
steps, against  the will of  the people  of Alaska. He  said that                                                               
the industry  has created about  1,000 jobs statewide. It  is the                                                               
only  industry  that  is  100-percent   owned  by  Alaskans.  The                                                               
industry  has   helped  diversify   the  economy   and  legalized                                                               
marijuana  is an  asset to  the state.  He related  that he,  his                                                               
wife,  and  daughter  are  gainfully  employed  in  a  successful                                                               
ancillary business that  employs 17 people. He  urged members not                                                               
to  confirm  Vivian Stiver  and  offered  his belief  that  Caleb                                                               
Saunders would be a good choice for someone to serve on the MCB.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:57:19 PM                                                                                                                    
DWIGHT  HAAK,  representing  himself, stated  his  opposition  to                                                               
Vivian Stiver's  appointment to  the MCB.  He related  a lengthy,                                                               
personal  scenario describing  how his  business and  credit were                                                               
destroyed. Although  the court later  vindicated him,  the damage                                                               
was already done. He said  he knows what prohibitionists like Ms.                                                               
Stiver can do  and she should not serve on  the board. In closing                                                               
he said  he felt it  would be unethical for  her to serve  on the                                                               
MCB.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:59:46 PM                                                                                                                    
KERBY COMAN,  Owner, Green Degree,  Rosebuds LLC, referred  to AS                                                               
17.38.010 (b), which read as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     (b) In the interest of  the health and public safety of                                                                    
     our  citizenry,  the  people of  the  state  of  Alaska                                                                    
     further find  and declare that the  production and sale                                                                    
     of marijuana should be regulated so that                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          (1)  individuals will  have to  show proof  of age                                                                    
     before purchasing marijuana;                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          (2)  legitimate,  taxpaying business  people,  and                                                                    
     not criminal  actors, will conduct sales  of marijuana;                                                                    
     and                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          (3)  marijuana sold  by regulated  businesses will                                                                    
     be  labeled and  subject to  additional regulations  to                                                                    
     ensure that consumers are informed and protected.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. COMAN  interpreted this  language to  mean that  this board's                                                               
purpose  is to  inform  and protect  the  public. He  paraphrased                                                               
Vivian Stiver's statement that the  benefits derived from medical                                                               
marijuana are "good." However,  marijuana businesses are strictly                                                               
prohibited  from  purporting  that   marijuana  has  any  medical                                                               
benefits, he  said. He said  this supports her lack  of knowledge                                                               
about the  industry. He  stated his  strong opposition  to Vivian                                                               
Stiver's appointment  to the  MCB, that she  is ill  informed and                                                               
unfit to serve on the board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:01:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SHANE DEVAUGHN, representing himself,  testified in opposition to                                                               
Vivian Stiver.  He said he finds  that she is just  now beginning                                                               
to educate  herself on  marijuana is  unacceptable. He  said that                                                               
she will only hurt  the industry and is a bad  choice to serve on                                                               
the MCB.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:02:45 PM                                                                                                                    
JOSHUA  COBIN, representing  himself,  stated that  he works  for                                                               
Farmer Jacks,  [a marijuana  cultivation facility].  He is  a 20-                                                               
year  veteran   of  the  cannabis   industry,  and   admitted  he                                                               
previously was  involved in black  market activities. He  said he                                                               
initially did not support legalization  of marijuana. However, he                                                               
became  licensed. He  now considers  that his  license is  a pact                                                               
with  the  state, which  includes  operating  under his  license,                                                               
paying  state  taxes,  and  following the  rules.  He  said  that                                                               
appointing a  [cannabis] prohibitionist to a  board that oversees                                                               
the industry  is not part  of the deal.  He urged members  not to                                                               
support Vivian Stiver's appointment to the MCB.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:03:41 PM                                                                                                                    
EDITH VON  WELTIN, Manager, Alaska  Growth, a  standard marijuana                                                               
cultivation  facility, stated  her  strong  opposition to  Vivian                                                               
Stiver's appointment  to the MCB.  She said she  felt embarrassed                                                               
that anyone with as little  education about the industry would be                                                               
nominated  to  serve  on  the   board.  She  wondered  if  it  is                                                               
indicative of the  governor's intent to close  down the industry.                                                               
In  closing,   she  reiterated  that   she  is  opposed   to  the                                                               
appointment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:04:55 PM                                                                                                                    
TERRENCE ROBBINS,  representing himself,  stated his  support for                                                               
Vivian  Stiver's appointment  to  the MCB.  He  said he  formerly                                                               
served as  director of the  Drug-Fee Communities  Support Project                                                               
program. One of its goals is  to reduce youth marijuana use so he                                                               
has closely followed the MCB  and its regulatory process. He said                                                               
he  finds it  upsetting  to  watch a  board  that is  effectively                                                               
controlled  by the  industry, dismiss  public  safety and  health                                                               
issues  and best  practices, for  example, to  help reduce  youth                                                               
marijuana use.  Under the  marijuana industry-controlled  MCB, by                                                               
regulation,   the   industry   allowed   unlimited   advertising,                                                               
substandard testing,  and on-site  consumption in  public places.                                                               
Although the  regulations prohibited  the sale of  familiar food,                                                               
drink  or   candy,  the  approved  list   included  these  items.                                                               
Concentrates  used  in  e-cigarettes   and  cigarette  JUULs  are                                                               
difficult for  parents, teachers, and law  enforcement to detect,                                                               
but the  JUULs can easily  be converted to marijuana  devices. He                                                               
also related  a few marijuana  health risks.  He said the  MCB is                                                               
not a Board of Directors  for marijuana companies. It is supposed                                                               
to protect the public and he  said he believes that Vivian Stiver                                                               
can help.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:07:12 PM                                                                                                                    
ELIZABETH  HOLM,  representing  herself, expressed  concern  that                                                               
testifiers are accusing Vivian Stiver  of not being well educated                                                               
on the marijuana  industry. She said she  finds these testifiers'                                                               
tactics  to  be  a  form  of  intimidation.  She  said  marijuana                                                               
activists sometimes  mob the Fairbanks local  government meetings                                                               
and  mock  people. She  suggested  people  should listen  to  the                                                               
Fairbanks North  Star Borough  audio for  proof. She  offered her                                                               
personal experiences  with some  activists who gave  her business                                                               
poor ratings.  She said  that some people  are afraid  to contact                                                               
the MCB  with their concerns  due to  fear. She said  that Vivian                                                               
Stiver  has  been  educated  on marijuana  from  the  start.  She                                                               
surmised  that  Vivian  Stiver   has  researched  Colorado's  and                                                               
Washington's experience with legalized  marijuana and that likely                                                               
influenced  her  anti-marijuana,  prohibitionist  viewpoint.  The                                                               
state  needs a  well-rounded Alaskan  to serve  on the  board who                                                               
understands  the pros  and cons  of  the industry,  she said.  In                                                               
closing,   she  urged   members   to   support  Vivian   Stiver's                                                               
confirmation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:10:09 PM                                                                                                                    
AARON  RALPH,  Owner,  Alaska Cannabis  Exchange;  Board  Member,                                                               
Anchorage    Cannabis    Business   Association,    stated    the                                                               
[association's] firm  disapproval of  the confirmation  of Vivian                                                               
Stiver to the MCB.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:10:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHASE  AMADOR,  Employee,  East Rip,  stated  his  opposition  to                                                               
Vivian Stiver's appointment to the MCB.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:11:25 PM                                                                                                                    
KIM  KOLE, Owner,  Raspberry Roots;  Secretary, Alaska  Marijuana                                                               
Association, emphasized the  importance of industry participation                                                               
on the  MCB by  someone with firsthand  knowledge to  ensure that                                                               
the  regulations  are  common-sense  and  practical.  She  argued                                                               
against putting someone on the  MCB who only recently learned the                                                               
barest  minimum   about  the  industry.  While   she  agreed  the                                                               
marijuana  handler's course  is useful  to provide  knowledge, it                                                               
does not provide  in-depth knowledge for someone  who will create                                                               
and adjust regulations that can  affect the long-term strength of                                                               
the industry.  The board  must be  able to  anticipate unintended                                                               
consequence to the industry, she said.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. KOLE  said that  one way  to take down  an industry  that has                                                               
survived three  separate public votes  is to try to  dismantle it                                                               
from the inside.  Actions speak louder than words,  she said. She                                                               
pointed  out  that  Vivian  Stiver led  two  ballot  measures  in                                                               
Fairbanks.  She has  made ignorant  comments about  the benefits,                                                               
regulations, and sales of cannabis.  The industry/public seat was                                                               
created because  at its inception,  no one could qualify  for the                                                               
industry seat  and not because the  seat was meant to  segue to a                                                               
public seat as  Vivian Stiver implied. The  Alcohol Control Board                                                               
has  two industry  members and  the MCB  board deserves  the same                                                               
representation,  she said.  She stated  her opposition  to Vivian                                                               
Stiver's appointment to the MCB.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:14:52 PM                                                                                                                    
EMILY  NENON,  representing  herself,  testified  in  support  of                                                               
Vivian Stiver.  She asked to  focus her testimony on  process and                                                               
not  policy   outcomes.  She  referred   to  the   MCB's  mission                                                               
statement,  which  is to  enforce  marijuana  commerce laws,  and                                                               
provide clear  consistent standards for licensure  to protect the                                                               
public from harm. She has attended  many MCB meetings in the past                                                               
few  years and  has seen  a lack  of transparency  and clear  and                                                               
consistent standards in the process.  She offered her belief that                                                               
Vivian Stiver's skills  are exactly what the MCB  needs, that her                                                               
public  process experiences  will be  a tremendous  asset to  the                                                               
board.  She  stated that  Vivian  Stiver  has been  attacked  for                                                               
exercising the local  option in the ballot  initiative, which was                                                               
written by industry  proponents. Now it is time  for the public's                                                               
interest to be represented, she said.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:16:27 PM                                                                                                                    
LEAH  LEVINTON, Co-Owner,  Enlighten  Alaska,  stated her  strong                                                               
opposition to Vivian Stiver's appointment  to the MCB. She echoed                                                               
the  testimony  of  many  who  testified  in  opposition  to  her                                                               
appointment.  She  said  the majority  of  the  public  supported                                                               
legalization of  marijuana. She encouraged members  to appoint an                                                               
unbiased person  or someone with  industry expertise to  serve on                                                               
the board.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:17:31 PM                                                                                                                    
ANTHONY  OLIVIERI,   Owner,  Matanuska  Medicine   Women,  stated                                                               
opposition to  Vivian Stiver's appointment  to the MCB  since she                                                               
lacks  the necessary  qualifications to  serve on  the board.  He                                                               
said she would not be a good fit for the marijuana industry.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:18:20 PM                                                                                                                    
LARRY  O'KELLEY,   representing  himself,  stated   his  vehement                                                               
opposition to Vivian Stiver's appointment  to the MCB. He said it                                                               
is  disrespectful to  the voters  who overwhelmingly  support the                                                               
cannabis industry, including onsite consumption.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:19:15 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMES  THORNTON,  Owner, Secret  Garden  Cannabis,  said he  also                                                               
serves  on  the  Executive  Board   for  the  Fairview  Community                                                               
Council. He  asked to  testify in  opposition to  Vivian Stiver's                                                               
appointment  to the  MCB. He  said  that Alaskans  overwhelmingly                                                               
chose to  legalize cannabis in  2014 and  despite prohibitionists                                                               
and their  campaigns have kept  it legal. The  marijuana industry                                                               
deserves a well-balanced and educated  board. He urged members to                                                               
strongly reconsider this appointment.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:20:35 PM                                                                                                                    
MARGUERITA  GILBERTSON, Owner,  Denali Gold  LLC, testified  that                                                               
she  owns a  standard marijuana  cultivation company.  She stated                                                               
her opposition to Vivian Stiver's  appointment to the MCB. She is                                                               
not qualified  to serve on the  board and does not  represent the                                                               
industry, she said.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:21:21 PM                                                                                                                    
KATIE GOOD,  representing herself, said  her husband is  the head                                                               
cultivator for  Greatful Bud, LLC.  She stated her  opposition to                                                               
Vivian Stiver's appointment to the MCB.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:22:19 PM                                                                                                                    
EVELYN REICH, Owner,  Down to Earth Farms,  stated her opposition                                                               
to Vivian  Stiver's appointment to  the MCB. She said  she agrees                                                               
with others who testified against the appointment.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:22:53 PM                                                                                                                    
ED    MARTIN,   representing    himself,   stated    that   other                                                               
prohibitionists  have  served on  the  board.  He argued  against                                                               
appointing anyone  who opposes the  legalization of  marijuana to                                                               
serve on  the board since it  makes it difficult to  regulate the                                                               
industry. The  marijuana industry  supports government,  he said.                                                               
He expressed concern  over the vetting process  and any violation                                                               
of his civil liberties.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:24:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CHASE  GRIFFITH,  Co-Owner, Permafrost  Distributors;  President,                                                               
Kenai Peninsula  Alaska Marijuana Industry  Association (KPAMIA).                                                               
He said  that he is very  involved in the cannabis  community. He                                                               
spoke in opposition to anyone  who is opposed to cannabis serving                                                               
on  the  board.  He  is   doing  everything  possible  to  create                                                               
transparency between the market, the  industry, and the state, he                                                               
said.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:25:49 PM                                                                                                                    
MARK THEILLER,  Co-Founder, Red Run  Cannabis, said that he  is a                                                               
legally  licensed marijuana  retail  and cultivator.  He said  he                                                               
hoped to obtain  a third manufacturer's license.  He related that                                                               
others have  covered the industry's statistics  and viewpoint. He                                                               
related  his  personal viewpoint,  that  he  employs ten  people,                                                               
eight of  whom have been  with him  since the beginning.  He said                                                               
that he is an entrepreneur and  small business owner who works to                                                               
expand  the marijuana  industry's growth.  He said  his employees                                                               
earn a livable  wage and depend on this  industry's success. This                                                               
is not an  ideological competition but is  something that affects                                                               
"real lives and  real families." He has previously  served on the                                                               
Marijuana Task  Force with another  prohibitionist. He  said that                                                               
person did  not "round  out" the discussion  but created  lag and                                                               
dysfunction  that resulted  in wasted  time and  money. He  asked                                                               
members  to  appoint  someone  who   is  critical,  capable,  and                                                               
experienced to  some degree. He  said that Vivian  Stiver clearly                                                               
does not meet the mark.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:28:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD asked for written testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:28:40 PM                                                                                                                    
VICTORIA  DAVIS,  representing  herself,   said  that  she  is  a                                                               
cannabis advocate.  She testified in opposition  to Vivian Stiver                                                               
being  appointed to  the  MCB.  She has  rallied  others to  vote                                                               
against  cannabis   and  is  not  informed   about  the  cannabis                                                               
industry. She expressed concern that  Vivian Stiver is a business                                                               
owner who  has been willing  to put other people's  businesses at                                                               
risk,  based solely  on emotion.  It is  important to  have board                                                               
members who understand the cannabis industry, she said.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:30:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SHOSHANA  KUN, representing  herself,  stated  her opposition  to                                                               
Vivian  Stiver's appointment  to  the MCB.  She  stated that  the                                                               
mission of  the board  is to  protect the  public from  harm. She                                                               
said she  has attended the  MCB's meetings  and in her  view, the                                                               
board has  been careful  to listen to  the public's  concern. She                                                               
expressed concern that Vivian Stiver's  bias against the industry                                                               
could  have a  negative  impact on  the  marijuana industry.  She                                                               
related  that  the  marijuana tax  revenue  in  Fairbanks  raises                                                               
$800,000,  which   helps  provide   emergency  services   to  the                                                               
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:32:08 PM                                                                                                                    
HILDA LESTRON,  representing herself,  said she  strongly opposes                                                               
any marijuana prohibitionist, such as  Vivian Stiver, to serve on                                                               
the MCB. She urged members not  to confirm her appointment to the                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:32:57 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMIE  LETTERMAN,  Owner,  ThunderCloud9,  stated  she  owns  two                                                               
cannabis  businesses.  She  expressed her  opposition  to  Vivian                                                               
Stiver's  appointment to  the  MCB. She  has  served on  numerous                                                               
boards over  the years.  Although it  is good  to have  a devil's                                                               
advocate serve  on a board, it  is also good to  have someone who                                                               
believes wholeheartedly in the board's mission.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:33:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD,  after  first   determining  no  one  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony  on the confirmation hearing for                                                               
Vivian Stiver, appointee to the Marijuana Control Board.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
She said  that any  written testimony that  has been  received at                                                               
senate.labor.and.commerce@ak.leg  will be  incorporated into  the                                                               
record.  She  asked  Ms.  Stiver  whether  she  had  any  closing                                                               
comments.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:34:15 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. STIVER made the following closing remarks:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     We  have   heard  some  things  and   some  terms  used                                                                    
     consistently and  throughout this hearing  today, which                                                                    
     I believe are words that tend to incite a lot of fear.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     I  am not  a prohibitionist.  I absolutely  did have  a                                                                    
     position. I expected  our city and borough  to be ready                                                                    
     for the industry and they  were not. I also respect the                                                                    
     fact  that  people  do distrust  me  because  they  had                                                                    
     financial interests. They  had money laid out  and I do                                                                    
     understand that.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Education: I was  well on top of this  when it started.                                                                    
     I studied  Washington's law,  Colorado's law.  I looked                                                                    
     at  products  in Colorado.  I  studied  the impacts  in                                                                    
     Colorado. And  yes, things have changed  over time, but                                                                    
     during  that  initiative  I  used  current  information                                                                    
     backed  up with  sources. I  never show  up without  my                                                                    
     sources  and   copies  for   members  of   councils  or                                                                    
     assemblies. So, I  want to thank you for  your time and                                                                    
     patience  and  thank  everyone  for  putting  in  their                                                                    
     thoughts. I know this is  difficult, but I am confident                                                                    
     that  I   will  work   well  with  everyone,   all  the                                                                    
     stakeholders and  the community,  to make  sure there's                                                                    
     success for everyone.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:35:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD stated that all  written testimony to date will be                                                               
included as part of the official record.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:36:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD stated  that in accordance with  AS 39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate  Labor  and  Commerce   Standing  Committee  reviewed  the                                                               
following  and  recommends the  appointments  be  forwarded to  a                                                               
joint session for consideration:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Marijuana Control Board                                                                                                       
Vivian Stiver - Fairbanks                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  REINBOLD   reminded  members  that  signing   the  reports                                                               
regarding  appointments  to  boards  and commissions  in  no  way                                                               
reflects  individual  members'  approval or  disapproval  of  the                                                               
appointees;  the nominations  are  merely forwarded  to the  full                                                               
legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:36:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD gave upcoming committee announcements.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:32 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Reinbold adjourned the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                                 
Committee meeting at 3:37 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
L&C Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Resume - Cross.pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Marijuana Control Board Resume - Jaime.pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Marijuana Control Board Resume - Stiver.pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
02.12.19 Governor's Appointees to Marijuana Control Board - Support.pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
02.12.19 - Governor's Appointees Marijuana Control Board - Opposition.pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
02.12.19 Governor's Appointees to Marijuana Control Board - Support (2).pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM
02.12.19 Governor's Appointees Marijuana Control Board Opposition (2).pdf SL&C 2/12/2019 1:30:00 PM