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Alaska pot board chair, a Dunleavy critic, is being replaced

 Former Director of the state's combined alcohol and marijuana control office Erika McConnell, left, sits with Marijuana board chairman Mark Springer in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry voted to fire McConnell following last month's vote by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to dismiss her. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Former Director of the state's combined alcohol and marijuana control office Erika McConnell, left, sits with Marijuana board chairman Mark Springer in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry voted to fire McConnell following last month's vote by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to dismiss her. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) (KTUU)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:43 AM AKST
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The chairman of the board that regulates legal marijuana in Alaska is being replaced.

Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner says Casey Dschaak of Dillingham will replace Mark Springer on the Marijuana Control Board.

Turner says Dschaak's term begins March 1. Dunleavy also re-appointed Christopher Jaime, who holds the board's public safety seat. According to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, both Jaime and Springer had terms set to expire March 1.

Springer is from Bethel and has held the board's rural member seat. He says he learned of the impending change from a reporter.

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