Alaska

Sun
04
Oct

Historic Day – First Sales of Recreational Marijuana in Manzanita

Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana, but the October. 1 start date means the state has become the third state where marijuana is offered for recreational sale.

At present, only “dispensaries”-outlets which had formerly been exclusively committed to distribution of marijuana for medical uses-are permitted to sell marijuana, pending the release of a system for regulating outlets exclusively devoted to distributing marijuana for purely recreational use”.

In Madras, all three dispensaries plan on selling recreational marijuana, but city law stipulates they open no earlier than 8 a.m. Prineville, where one dispensary is located, and La Pine, with two, does not allow recreational marijuana sales.

Fri
25
Sep

It's time to let Alaska farmers grow industrial hemp

It is hard for me to comprehend that we live in a state where it will soon be legal to cultivate commercial marijuana, but it is still against the law to grow industrial hemp, one of the world’s most versatile and useful crops. Last session I introduced Senate Bill 8 to change that. The bill moved out of the Senate Resources Committee last session, but has yet to be heard in Judiciary. Although the main issue we will be focusing on in the upcoming session is how to deal with the fiscal crisis at hand, it is critical we pass SB 8 before the 29th Legislature comes to an end.

Tue
22
Sep

Alaska marijuana delivery business Felony charges filed Friday

Felony charges filed Friday in state court say Anchorage detectives made a series of undercover marijuana buys from three Alaska businesses. One delivery company was found with paperwork indicating more than $700,000 in sales since the beginning of the year, charges say.

Here is a summary of the charges against each business.

ABSOLUTELY CHRONIC DELIVERY CO.

Prosecutors say that as early as April, Absolutely Chronic Delivery Co., or ACDC, advertised a local marijuana delivery service online and through social media in Anchorage.

Tue
22
Sep

Alaska marijuana delivery business Felony charges filed Friday

Felony charges filed Friday in state court say Anchorage detectives made a series of undercover marijuana buys from three Alaska businesses. One delivery company was found with paperwork indicating more than $700,000 in sales since the beginning of the year, charges say.

Here is a summary of the charges against each business.

ABSOLUTELY CHRONIC DELIVERY CO.

Prosecutors say that as early as April, Absolutely Chronic Delivery Co., or ACDC, advertised a local marijuana delivery service online and through social media in Anchorage.

Mon
21
Sep

Alaska: Mayor candidates share plans for marijuana policy

FAIRBANKS — The next mayor will influence how marijuana commerce unfolds in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. 

Some of the things to be decided by local leaders in the coming months include whether to limit the number of marijuana businesses, what criteria to require of people wanting to open a marijuana business and the selection process for issuing licenses. 

Fri
18
Sep

Alaska Marijuana board accepts cultivation draft regulations

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board met Sept. 14 in Kotzebue and Sept. 16 in Anchorage to accept the next round of draft regulations, which are to be recommended to the Legislature and approved by Nov. 24. The board focused on marijuana cultivator regulations, one of the four designated marijuana business licenses included in regulations, along with manufacturers, retail stores, and testing facilities.

Three issues dominated discussion both in Kotzebue and in Anchorage: whether cultivator employees can consume cannabis on premises, limited cultivator operations, and product packaging.

Wed
16
Sep

5 Unforgettable Cannabis Vacation Destinations You’ll Want to Book ASAP

As cannabis legalization continues to spread across the globe, a new type of traveling has been gaining momentum: cannabis travel destinations, where you can get in some much-needed rest and relaxation time without giving up your green. Cannabis-friendly booking places (such as Bud And Breakfast) have been popping up to provide everything you could possibly need for your cannabis-inclusive vacation, from picturesque views to rental hosts that supply you with the buds you need to supplement your stay.

Tue
08
Sep

Alaska marijuana board bans giveaways, ups security requirements

Alaska cannabis businesses can sell you a hoodie, so long as the transaction is being recorded in high-definition.

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board covered allowable advertising strategies or retail dispensaries, as well as security protocol last week, on the second day of an extra meeting to consider draft regulations.

Board Director Cynthia Franklin argued Montana's greatest mistake was allowing too much advertising for medical marijuana. Montana legalized medicinal marijuana in 2004 only to have a ballot initiative introduced in 2014 to recriminalize it. This followed a ballooning industry that roused the ire of the state legislators and a 36 percent minority of the population who hadn't supported legal medicinal marijuana in the first place.

Fri
04
Sep

Support for physician-prescribed medical marijuana usage 84%

While Arkansas voters are not for completely legalizing marijuana, they are overwhelmingly supportive of a restrictive usage of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a new Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group survey.

In the latest poll of 400 registered voters conducted on Aug. 20-23, 2015, 84% said they agreed with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Q: Do you agree or disagree that adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician prescribes it?

56% Strongly Agree (84% Agree)
28% Somewhat Agree
3% Somewhat Disagree (14% Disagree)
11% Strongly Disagree
2% Don’t Know

Fri
04
Sep

Do Alaska cannabis regulations allow for chefs to get in the game?

Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they're setting the initial boundaries of the legal market.

“I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over, to serve cannabis-infused foods? I'm a chef and I think that we should have opportunity to stake our claim in this 'budding' marijuana industry.”

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