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Pot legal, but finances remain in black market

...alongside heroin. Even though legal in some form in 22 states, marijuana banking amounts to money laundering under federal law as a result of the substance designation."So far, as businesses go, I don't know anybody who has a bank who's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-26/pot-legal-finances-remain-black-market
State
Anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

...Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. And at conservative policy gatherings, Republicans are discussing whether drug sentences should be eased.A quarter...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-07/anti-pot-taboo-shrinks-presidential-p
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Study: Scant evidence medical marijuana helps many illnesses

...been based on poor quality studies, patients' testimonials or other nonscientific evidence.Marijuana is illegal under federal law and some scientists say research has been stymied by government hurdles including a declaration that marijuana is...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/study-scant-evidence-medical-marijuan
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Empire Editorial: North Pacific council didn't do enough to protect Alaska's halibut fishermen

...halibut, to name a few.We call those other species bycatch, and when trawlers pull them up, it's a problem. Under federal law, the trawlers can't retain those fish. They get dumped overboard and usually die. Millions of pounds of otherwise...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-11/empire-editorial-north-pacific-counci
Opinion
Bering Sea halibut bycatch cut leaves both trawlers and halibut fishermen unhappy

...something else. The key difference for fishermen is that you can eat the tailings, and some people prefer them.Under federal law, bycatch can't be kept. It must be thrown overboard, leading to the waste of thousands - if not millions - of pounds...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-08/bering-sea-halibut-bycatch-cut-leaves-b
State
Egan speaks at Chamber, would rather be working

...headed to coastal communities."That's a lot of money to our economy," Egan said of the funds, adding that under federal law that money must go to the communities and cannot be used to fill a budget gap.The senator also expressed his opinion...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-08/egan-speaks-chamber-would-rather-be-wor
Local
Alaska Aerial Media flies Anchorage's first drones

...business operations that gained Federal Aviation Administration approval in April.Commercial drones were prohibited under federal law until reforms were passed in 2012. Now, operators who want to make money off their drones can apply for an exemption...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-06/alaska-aerial-media-flies-anchorages-fi
State
DEA chief to retire amid pressure over sex scandal

...hands-off approach that lets states legalize marijuana so long as it is state-regulated. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is classified by the DEA as a Schedule 1 drug, along with drugs such as heroin and peyote.Leonhart also declined...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-22/dea-chief-retire-amid-pressure-over-s
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Marijuana ruling disappoints advocates

...Diego, called the hearing a "sign that at least some judges are increasingly skeptical of marijuana's status under federal law" and said it would influence marijuana policy despite the outcome.The ruling came in a case alleging that marijuana...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-04-16/marijuana-ruling-disappoints-advocate
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Slack Tide: A pot primer for the newly legal

...illegal to buy or sell marijuana in this state, with no retail options until May 2016, at the earliest. Plus, under federal law, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 narcotic and I, for one, would rather skip federal prison. Although, I've got...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-03-07/slack-tide-pot-primer-newly-legal
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