Alaska takes aim at marijuana social clubs

Judging by the scene at Pot Luck Events on Wednesday night, one would never guess the state has advised the club to shut down.

Members had come to the downtown Anchorage marijuana social club to smoke, take dab hits and watch the “Chronic Comedy Show,” while eating free candy provided at the nonalcoholic bar. “Bud of the week” samples -- provided by growers, not the club, owner Theresa Collins explained -- were displayed on a table in the back of the room.

Yet the club, which has been open since March, is one of six businesses that received cease-and-desist letters from Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly created Marijuana Control Board, in late June.

“From my perspective, there are no legal marijuana businesses,” Franklin told the board during its first meeting Thursday.

Two of the letters went to marijuana delivery services -- Discreet Deliveries and Absolutely Chronic Delivery Co. -- and...

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