CSSB 128(FIN): "An Act establishing the marijuana education and treatment fund; and relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services to administer a comprehensive marijuana use education and treatment program."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 128(FIN) 01 "An Act establishing the marijuana education and treatment fund; and relating to the 02 duties of the Department of Health and Social Services to administer a comprehensive 03 marijuana use education and treatment program." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 43.61.010(d) is amended to read: 06 (d) The legislature may use the annual estimated balance in the recidivism 07 reduction fund to make appropriations to the Department of Corrections, the 08 Department of Health and Social Services, or the Department of Public Safety for 09 recidivism reduction programs. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 43.61.010 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 11 (f) The marijuana education and treatment fund is established in the general 12 fund. In addition to the accounting under (c) of this section, the Department of 13 Administration shall separately account for 25 percent of the tax collected under this 14 section and deposit it into the marijuana education and treatment fund. The
01 Department of Administration shall deposit interest earned on the fund into the general 02 fund. Money in the fund does not lapse. The legislature may use the annual estimated 03 balance in the fund to make appropriations to the Department of Health and Social 04 Services for the marijuana use education and treatment program established under 05 AS 44.29.020(a)(17). 06 * Sec. 3. AS 44.29.020(a) is amended to read: 07 (a) The Department of Health and Social Services shall administer the state 08 programs of public health and social services, including 09 (1) maternal and child health services; 10 (2) preventive medical services; 11 (3) public health nursing services; 12 (4) nutrition services; 13 (5) health education; 14 (6) laboratories; 15 (7) mental health treatment and diagnosis; 16 (8) management of state institutions, except for adult penal institutions; 17 (9) medical facilities; 18 (10) adult public assistance; 19 (11) the Alaska temporary assistance program; 20 (12) child welfare services; 21 (13) general relief; 22 (14) a comprehensive smoking education, tobacco use prevention, and 23 tobacco control program; to the maximum extent possible, the department shall 24 administer the program required under this paragraph by grant to or contract with one 25 or more organizations in the state; the department's program must include 26 (A) a community-based tobacco use prevention and cessation 27 component addressing the needs of youth and adults that includes use of 28 cessation aids such as a nicotine patch or a nicotine gum tobacco substitute; 29 (B) youth-based efforts that involve youth in the design and 30 implementation of tobacco control efforts; 31 (C) anti-tobacco counter-marketing targeting both youth and
01 adult populations designed to communicate messages to help prevent youth 02 initiation of tobacco use, promote cessation among tobacco users, and educate 03 the public about the lethal effects of exposure to secondhand smoke; 04 (D) tobacco use surveys of youth and adult populations 05 concerning knowledge, awareness, attitude, and use of tobacco products; and 06 (E) an enforcement component; 07 (15) the Alaska Pioneers' Home and the Alaska Veterans' Home; 08 (16) licensure and regulation of child care facilities; 09 (17) a comprehensive marijuana use education and treatment 10 program; to the extent possible, the department shall administer the program 11 required under this paragraph by grant to, or contract with, one or more 12 organizations in the state; the department's program must include 13 (A) a community-based marijuana misuse prevention 14 component; the community-based component must provide for a youth 15 services grant program to 16 (i) reduce initiation and promote cessation of 17 marijuana use by youth, reduce youth access to marijuana 18 products, and reduce exposure of youth to impaired driving 19 dangers related to marijuana use; 20 (ii) provide recreational, educational, and character- 21 building programs for youth outside school hours; and 22 (iii) address marijuana use prevention through 23 outcome-based curricula, adult and peer mentoring, and 24 opportunities for positive, prosocial leisure and recreational 25 activities; 26 (B) marijuana public education designed to communicate 27 messages to help prevent youth initiation of marijuana use, educate the 28 public about the effects of marijuana use, and educate the public about 29 marijuana laws; 30 (C) surveys of 31 (i) youth and adult populations concerning
01 knowledge, awareness, attitude, and use of marijuana products; 02 (ii) the need for trained professionals working in 03 organizations described in this paragraph; 04 (D) the development of plans to address the need for 05 trained professionals and to assist in implementing a training program for 06 those professionals; 07 (E) monitoring of population health status related to the 08 consequences of marijuana use; and 09 (F) substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and 10 referral to treatment.