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Wed
24
Feb

Anchorage Assembly relaxes buffer zone rules for pot businesses

Anchorage officials will mark off the minimum 500 feet between schools and pot shops by using walking distances, not a straight line, the Anchorage Assembly decided in a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

The decision means more potential properties will be available for pot businesses in Anchorage. The Assembly’s vote, a reversal from two weeks earlier, effectively loosens restrictions on where businesses will be allowed to open by in some cases shrinking the off-limits zone around schools and other restricted places.

hat won’t apply to Chugiak and Eagle River, where pot shops will need to be at least 1,000 feet away, measured by pedestrian walking distance.

Wed
24
Feb

Alaska: Cannabis deadline means beginning of applications, but not sales

Wednesday is an important date in the state’s long process of licensing commercial cannabis in Alaska: The deadline for the state to have a permit application up and running.

“From the stand-point of somebody that wants to go into the industry, February 24th is actually the starting point, it’s not a deadline at all, it’s really just the first date,” said Bruce Schulte, Chair of the state’s Marijuana Control Board.

For anyone expecting to start buying cannabis products in stores, there are still many months to go before the start of legal sales.

Sun
21
Feb

Former News Anchor Charlo Greene Aims to Be the 'Oprah of Pot'

Former TV news anchor turned marijuana activist, Charlo Greene—who famously quipped "fuck it, I quit" before marching off the set of Anchorage's KTVA back in 2014—has plans to return to the airwaves. 

Over a year after her abrupt on-air resignation to become an advocate and entrepreneur in the cannabis industry, Greene has combined her passions to create The Charlo Greene Show, which she describes as "the Oprah Winfrey Show for WEED" on the project's Kickstarter page

Fri
19
Feb

Alaska: Sitka and Petersburg ask Marijuana Control Board to loosen laws

While many Alaska communities are looking to tighten restrictions on marijuana businesses, two Southeast cities are hoping for fewer constraints on the fledgling cannabis industry.

Petersburg and Sitka, two island cities in Southeast Alaska, have asked the state to reconsider its rules about buffer zones, saying they want more freedom to choose how far a marijuana business must be from certain facilities.

Under Alaska’s commercial marijuana laws, canna-businesses must be 500 feet from schools, churches, correctional facilities, and recreational or youth centers.

Fri
19
Feb

Budding cannabis entrepreneur not who you’d expect

As the state readies for the implementation of a legal cannabis industry in the next few months, Alaska Public Media is profiling one business along every step of the way.

Jane Stinson is is a “green entrepreneur” hoping to open a family-run retail shop in Anchorage. But the last few months of tracking regulations, securing a location, and figuring out how to start a new business that banks won’t lend to has not been easy.

Stinson is not exactly who you think of as the face of legal pot in Alaska. She’s in her 60s, tall, with the calming presence of a sturdy aunt.

“I’ve been in Alaska for 36 years, and my background has been in the oil and gas industry, so I had my career there and just recently retired.”

Fri
19
Feb

Ex-News Anchor Charlo Greene Plans to Light Up Airwaves With Weed Show

The outspoken marijuana advocate who made headlines when she bluntly quit her job at an Alaska television station, is going back into the spotlight as the budding host of her own program

ormer TV news reporter Charlo Greene was unapologetic when she bluntly announced on-air her resignation to be a full time advocate and entrepreneur in the budding marijuana industry.

Wed
17
Feb

Anchorage Assembly to re-vote on marijuana regulations next week

When it comes to setting up a pot business in Anchorage, the way its distance is measured from a school can make a big difference in whether the business is allowed or not.

At its most recent meeting, amid a flurry of amendments to land use regulations, the Anchorage Assembly passed conflicting rules for the measurement method. One amendment, from Assemblymembers Amy Demboski and Bill Starr, specified that distances would be measured "as the crow flies" -- from the edge of a marijuana business to the lot line of a protected area -- instead of by pedestrian routes, which could be more circuitous.

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Fri
12
Feb

The nitty-gritty rules that will shape Anchorage’s cannabis industry

Assembly members in Anchorage have passed a bundle of rules that will shape the business landscape for the state’s largest commercial cannabis market in the months and years ahead.

Wed
10
Feb

Assembly: Concentrate marijuana carefully or else

Anybody attempting to make marijuana concentrates using butane, propane or any other such chemical had better think twice. Not only could using these gases result in a potentially deadly explosion, they will now result in misdemeanor charges, too.

Without objection, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance Monday evening making it illegal for anybody without a license or permit to make marijuana concentrate — waxes, oils, etc. — using extraction methods that are not alcohol-, food- or water-based. This ordinance applies to all city zones; no permit or license, no gas-based extraction.

Tue
09
Feb

Anchorage Assembly to vote on final marijuana regulations at Tuesday meeting

UPDATE:

Assembly members have approved an amendment allowing marijuana businesses to be established within 1000 feet of a school or a playground. The amendment, which passed with a 6-5 vote, sets buffer zones around schools at 500 feet.

The 500 foot buffer zone will also apply to preschools, child care facilities and homeless shelters.

After the amendment passed, Assembly member Amy Demboski proposed a new amendment excluding Chugiak and Eagle River from the 500 foot buffer zone regulation, instead allowing those areas to keep the original 1000 foot zones. The amendment passed by a 10-1 vote.

A proposal to extend buffer zones between marijuana businesses and video arcades from 100 feet to 500 feet failed.

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