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Title 11. Criminal Law
Chapter 71. Controlled Substances
Section 120. Authority to Schedule Controlled Substances.
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AS 11.71.120. Authority to Schedule Controlled Substances.

(a) If, after considering the factors set out in (c) of this section, the committee decides to recommend that a substance should be added to, deleted from, or rescheduled in a schedule of controlled substances under AS 11.71.140 - 11.71.190, the governor shall introduce legislation in accordance with the recommendation of the committee.

(b) If a substance is added as a controlled substance under federal law, the governor shall introduce legislation in accordance with the federal law.

(c) In advising the governor of the need to add, delete, or reschedule a substance under AS 11.71.110 (1), the committee shall assess the danger or probable danger of the substance after considering the following:

(1) the actual or probable abuse of the substance including

(A) the history and current pattern of abuse both in this state and in other states;

(B) the scope, duration, and significance of abuse;

(C) the degree of actual or probable detriment which may result from abuse of the substance;

(D) the probable physical and social impact of widespread abuse of the substance;

(2) the biomedical hazard of the substance including

(A) its pharmacology, in the effects and modifiers of the effects of the substance;

(B) its toxicology, the acute and chronic toxicity, interaction with other substances, whether controlled or not, and the degree to which it may cause psychological or physiological dependence;

(C) the risk to public health and the particular susceptibility of segments of the population;

(3) whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this chapter;

(4) the current state of scientific knowledge regarding the substance, including whether there is any acceptable means to safely use the substance under medical supervision;

(5) the relationship between the use of the substance and other criminal activity, including

(A) whether persons engaged in illicit trafficking of the substance are also engaged in other criminal activity;

(B) whether the nature and relative profitability of manufacturing or delivering the substance encourages illicit trafficking in the substance;

(C) whether the commission of other crimes is one of the effects of abuse of the substance;

(D) whether addiction to the substance relates to the commission of crimes to support the continued use of the substance.

(d) [Repealed, Sec. 40 ch 6 SLA 1984].

(e) The committee has no authority over tobacco or alcoholic beverages as defined in AS 04.21.080 .

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