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Alaska needs an able marijuana regulatory board; lawmakers must act

Last November, voters decided it was time for Alaska to take a more sensible, reality-based approach to marijuana. They replaced the failed policy of prohibition with a mandate that the state regulate and tax marijuana similarly to how we treat alcohol. Yet, with only days left in the legislative session, the Legislature has yet to provide the resources needed to establish a regulatory framework.


Alaska: House steps towards full legal marijuana market

A fundamental bill for establishing regulations over marijuana in Alaska passed the House today. The bipartisan vote is a step towards the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board creating a permit structure for all components of a full legal market.

Barrow Democrat Benjamin Nageak told colleagues during a House floor session there are some basic reasons marijuana needs its own regulatory board.

“I mean jeez, every time I see high people I go over, because I want to laugh,” Nageak said, illiciting chuckles from around the chamber. “I think we need to have a separate board to have, ya know, happy versus versus unhappy people.”


To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.


Pot in traffic: U.S. states with relaxed marijuana laws must deal with moving weed, and profits ...


A  worker at a Louisville, Colorado, dispensary handles bags of marijuana delivered March 27 by CannaRabbit. Couriers do more than carry pot for the state's network of more than 800 growers, manufacturers, dispensers and laboratories. The industry remains mostly cash only as federally chartered banks have been hesitant to extend loans for trade that U.S. authorities may see as against the law.

At a farm in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Corey Young tucks his client's marijuana into a shoebox-sized container in an unmarked white van and heads out on the road.

"We don't want to be going through a small town and have someone see bins in the back," said Young, a founder of courier service CannaRabbit. "We do not want to stick out at all."


Potential pot entrepreneurs pay for cannabis career tips at Sacramento seminar

Retired Silicon Valley engineer Angelo Mallol, 56, turned out Sunday for a seminar on how to start a small business – in the pot trade.

He asked questions as instructor Gerry Bedore of the Cannabis Career Institute spoke about emerging opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting to enter California’s medical marijuana market and cash in on a likely 2016 state ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use.

The Cannabis Career Institute, founded by a Los Angeles marijuana activist and pot deliveryman known as “The Cannabis Warrior,” held a daylong Sacramento program on how to open cannabis businesses, from niche bakeries and organic gardens to marijuana distribution services.


'Weed the People': The highs and lows of legal marijuana

In “Weed the People,” Bainbridge Island author Bruce Barcott delivers a thorough and entertaining survey of the burgeoning legalization of marijuana in the U.S. Barcott appears April 15 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America’ by Bruce Barcott Time, Inc., 400 pp., $22.95


Marijuana legalization a chance to stir the pot

The first time I ever smoked weed, I was a passenger in a moving car.

I am not proud of that fact. It’s something I tried very hard to forget I’d ever done. Let’s be clear (not that many young, impressionable folks will likely read the newspaper, though they should, while they are a-gittin’ off my lawn): intoxicants and motor vehicles aren’t just a bad mix. They’re criminal, reckless, and dangerous. Since that time, I’ve written and reported on the consequences of those actions enough to have seen and heard and smelled how close I was (without realizing it) to a grisly, horrible death.

Then I caught a distant whiff of the familiar smell, outside an upbeat meeting of marijuana fans shortly after the vote, and the memory of my previous stupidity came wafting back.


Alaska Pot bill passes without Kelly's marijuana concentrate ban

JUNEAU — Pictures of blown-up homes, pot-infused candy and a dire warning that weed edibles will kill children weren’t enough to ignite support for a Fairbanks senator’s amendment to ban marijuana concentrates in 2017.

Republican Sen. Pete Kelly’s attempt to criminalize marijuana concentrates when the two-year constitutional protection for Ballot Measure 2 expires fell flat on the Senate floor Monday, with many fellow Republicans and urban Democrats concerned the ban was an overreaction that undermined voter intent.

The amendment was offered to a largely non-controversial bill updating criminal law to be in line with the voter initiative to legalize marijuana.


As Legal Landscape Changes, A New Marijuana Club Opens Its Doors in Anchorage

Theresa Collins, left, and Jami Hicks are two of the four business partners behind Pot Luck Events.

Marijuana is in legal limbo in Alaska. Multiple bills in the Legislature will determine everything from permits to penalties, and in the meantime municipalities are scrambling find rules that protect the public, but also make room for an emerging industry. A new business in Anchorage is taking its first tentative steps forward navigating the shifting legal landscape.

Inside a brand new private marijuana club air purifiers whir. The room is huge, with a stage at one end, lounge chairs in another, and high ceilings.


Police in Alaska Raid Marijuana Club Owned by Ex-TV Reporter Who Famously Quit Her Job On ...

An Alaska marijuana club owned by a former TV reporter was raided on Friday, authorities say. 

Last September, KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quit her job in a brazen fashion that many of us would like to duplicate: revealing herself to be the owner of the club she was doing the segment on.

She then exited following the now infamous statement: "Fuck it, I quit." On Friday, police in Anchorage raided the Cannabis Club that Greene—aka Charlene Egbe—owns, seizing marijuana and impounding two vehicles. Egbe described the scene to KTVA: 


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