All cannabis delivery is illegal: Alaska

Delivering cannabis to an unknown address, or involved in a free giveaway online? It’s a drug deal.

The special provincial constable for alcohol and cannabis for the Peace region says the delivery of cannabis is against the law  – and anyone doing it may be charged under the Criminal Code.

“No cannabis can be delivered by anyone – it is that simple,” says Lorie Barrette, cannabis inspector and special provincial constable. Barrette notes just as minors are not allowed into BC cannabis stores, all stores must ensure legal age verification takes place before consumption of their product. If stores know their product is being delivered or dropped off anonymous persons, or to unknown addresses -  age verification isn’t happening.


Alaska To Consider Allowing Curbside Cannabis Pickup Amid COVID-19

The Alaska marijuana industry wants approval to take orders online and over the phone for curbside pickup, allowing businesses to stay open while they limit interaction with the public during the coronavirus outbreak.

The state board overseeing the industry plans to meet Wednesday to discuss whether to adopt emergency rules. If so, the regulations would be limited to 120 days or as long as the state’s public health emergency lasts, whichever is shorter, according to the proposal.

Retail cannabis shops would need to verify customers are at least 21 and have surveillance cameras in areas where orders are picked up.


The Complex Issue of Cannabis Business On Tribal Land

Throughout history, cannabis was regulated by federal law on reservations, so it was generally illegal. But after the 2013 Cole Memo, the topic of cannabis on tribal land and how it ties into the tribe’s government autonomy became increasingly prevalent.


How Much Cannabis Each State Sold in First Month of Legal Sales

Illinois dispensaries sold nearly $40 million dollars with of cannabis in the first 31 days of recreational cannabis sales, according to new numbers released last week.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the number on Feb. 3. Officials said the final total of $39,247,840.83 came from the sale of 972,045 cannabis products at licensed retailers across the state.


States where recreational marijuana legalized see increased problematic use in teens

In the four states where recreational marijuana was legal by 2016, there was a small uptick in cannabis use disorder among adults and teens, and a general rise in use by adults, a new study suggests.

Researchers looking at data on cannabis use between 2008 and 2016 found that rates of problematic use among teens and adults over age 26 rose faster in states where recreational marijuana had been legalized than in other states, according to the report published in JAMA Psychiatry.


Alcohol vs cannabis, which taxes help society more?

The potential tax revenue from the legalization of cannabis has been at the center of the argument between republicans and democrats. Proponents of legalization say states who haven’t legalized cannabis should look at the revenue generated from alcohol and other sin taxes as a window into what could be. 


Alaska credit union to end marijuana business pilot program

An Alaska credit union plans to discontinue a pilot program to provide checking and savings accounts to marijuana-related businesses, an official said.

Credit Union 1 will end the program Aug. 30 because critical insurance coverage will no longer be available, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

Credit Union 1 announced the program's launch in November to establish financial services for the primarily cash-operated industry.

Marijuana-related businesses cannot continue the program beyond a pilot phase without the liability coverage, said Credit Union 1 CEO James Wileman.


Marijuana is proving to be a profitable crop for Alaska

It's been nearly two years since AK Frost opened its doors as one of the licensed stores where you can legally buy marijuana in Alaska and business is booming.

"I would say it's jumped probably about 100% since we opened," said AK Frost Manager Robin Jester. "The first week, maybe 10 customers, and now we have maybe 50 customers an hour."

April 20, known as 420, one of the busiest days of the year for the shop, has just passed, but marijuana has proven to be a profitable crop in the state year-round — and not just at AK Frost.


Alaska moves closer to onsite marijuana use in certain areas

Alaska has moved closer to becoming the first in the country with statewide rules allowing onsite use of marijuana at specially authorized stores.

A memo from the state's Department of Law said it found no legal problems with the rules approved by marijuana regulators in December that will govern where and how onsite consumption could take place. The finding is a standard hurdle in the rule-making process.

The rules were recently sent to Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer for his signature and are expected to take effect 30 days after they're signed. A Department of Law spokeswoman confirmed that Meyer's signature is a formality.


Alaska marijuana revenue falls in November after increases

Alaska revenue officials say the state saw a drop in the amount of marijuana taxes owed after months of increases.

Anchorage television station KTVA reports marijuana cultivators owed the state just over $1.4 million in November, the latest month for which figures are available. That compares to $1.8 million October.

Kelly Mazzei of the Alaska Department of Revenue says the department is not sure why the figure dropped.

She says in general, the tax income line is trending upward.

The state began collecting tax revenue from marijuana cultivators in October 2017 and has collected more than $20 million.

The department reported November tax liability because some cultivators are on payment plans and not all revenue has come in.


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