Alaska Pot Regulators Poised to Resume Onsite Marijuana Use Debate

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Alaska marijuana regulators will resume the on-again, off-again debate over onsite pot consumption in retail stores Wednesday amid a rejection of the concept from the state's top medical officer.

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board began mulling — and preparing for — onsite use of marijuana in 2015, following voter approval of recreational use of pot by those 21 and older.

Members peppered regulations with references to onsite use and worked on rules for how that would be carried out. The board veered away from the visions some had of Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes, instead proposing that retail stores cordon off separate rooms for onsite use.

Retail stores began selling pot late last year, and many expected the board to sign off on the final regulations before this summer's tourist season got underway, giving them time to get their shops ready for the million or more tourists that make summer treks to...

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