Alaska

Fri
13
Mar

Alaska: 5 points you need to know about the proposed updates to SB30:

  • Cannabis as a controlled substance: The new bill would undo the work done to remove cannabis as a controlled substance. It also proposes adding cannabis back to the controlled substance list and would create situations where the controlled substances laws would not apply. As pointed out in Dr. Tim Hinterberger’s email, SB30 in its current form “would completely remove marijuana from the Alaska Controlled Substance Act.”

 

Fri
06
Mar

Alaska Department of Law official: Don’t panic on pot law

JUNEAU — After a far-ranging discussion about the dangers of driving a four-wheeler while high or hosting pot parties on a sternwheeler, a Department of Law official attempted to comfort senators by saying the sky has not, in fact, fallen since marijuana possession became legal under state law.

Deputy Attorney General Richard Svobodny told the Senate Finance Committee that Ballot Measure 2 going into law hasn’t dramatically changed things in Alaska and many concerns raised by the committee, like driving while high, are addressed by existing laws. And concerns about commercial marijuana, like pot parties, will be addressed through regulations.

Wed
04
Mar

Alaska lawmakers discuss proposed new marijuana board

JUNEAU, Alaska - Lawmakers discussed Wednesday who would sit on a new marijuana board and what it might cost the state, during a first hearing on a bill that would create a new regulatory body.

Gov. Bill Walker introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to create a five-member marijuana board that would share staff and resources with the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. It was discussed Wednesday in the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

The board would include a member each from the public safety and health sectors; one from a rural area; one or two from the marijuana industry; and one or two from the general public.

Tue
03
Mar

Alaska Could Provide Big Opportunities for Expansion-Minded MJ Companies in Other States

Established cannabis companies looking to expand into new markets could find a major opening in Alaska if a recent legislative proposal becomes law.

The measure – introduced in the state Legislature last week – would ban applicants seeking recreational cannabis licenses from accepting investments by third parties. That stipulation could give established companies a big edge over small startups and individual entrepreneurs, according to some observers, as licenses applicants would more or less need to be entirely self-funded.

Mon
02
Mar

Marijuana: An emerging coverage risk

The emerging legal marijuana economy will see explosive growth in the coming years. Insurers should be prepared to adopt policies that spell out coverage for legally grown marijuana plants and medical marijuana property. The cannabis industry is expected to grow to nearly $15 billion over the next four years. In states where manufacture, sale and use is legal for recreational purposes, legalization will have a profound impact on not only personal lines insurance, but also commercial coverage, workers’ comp, product liability, healthcare insurance and more.

Mon
02
Mar

Our Thoughts on the 10 mg Proposal in SB62

The Alaska Cannabis Growers Association disagrees with the proposed 10 mg limit for edibles. This creates many problems for the consumer. When ingesting such a small amount of THC, there are a few things that could potentially be considered a problem.  For the average consumer, the small dose of 10mg is not likely to create a noticeable “psychoactive” or pain relieving effect.  For the first time user, this is a good amount to begin with, but for anyone that medicates, this is entirely too small. A medical patient may consume, in one dose, anywhere from 100 mg – 500 mg (sometime more) to obtain pain relief.

Wed
25
Feb

Anchorage Assembly restricts manufacture of marijuana concentrates with flammables

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday banned the manufacture of marijuana concentrates using flammable solvents like butane -- including hashish or hash oil -- without permission from authorities.

The ordinance passed unanimously, 9-0, during a special meeting on the day Alaska’s recreational marijuana law went into effect. The ordinance was introduced in early February by the administration of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.

The ordinance makes it unlawful to “manufacture a marijuana concentrate, hashish, or hash oil by use of solvents containing compressed flammable gases or through use of a solvent-based extraction method using a substance other than vegetable glycerin,” unless the person is licensed.  

Tue
24
Feb

Alaska becomes latest state to legalize marijuana use

(CNN)Marijuana smokers now have a new place to put on their bucket lists: Alaska, which on Tuesday became the third state to officially OK marijuana use.

Following Colorado's lead, voters passed the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot measure in November. Legalization became official on Tuesday, which means that now "the use of marijuana (is) legal for persons 21 years of age or older."

There are limits to this law, as there are in similar ones in other states. People still can't legally have more than 1 ounce of marijuana on them. Nor can they harvest more than 4 ounces in their home. And consuming marijuana in public and driving while high are no-nos.

Tue
24
Feb

Marijuana Is Officially Legal In Alaska

Marijuana is now legal for adults in Alaska.

Alaska on Tuesday becomes the third U.S. state to end prohibition of marijuana, officially putting into effect Ballot Measure 2, approved by 53 percent of state voters in November.

Alaskans age 21 and older may now legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, grow as many as six marijuana plants in their homes (with no more than three flowering), and possess any additional marijuana produced by those plants.

 

Shops selling legal recreational marijuana aren't likely to open until 2016, after the state legislature establishes a regulatory framework. State lawmakers have begun introducing legislation to that end.

Tue
13
Jan

Alaska Voters Approve Historic Ballot Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

ANCHORAGE – Alaska voters approved a ballot initiative Tuesday to end marijuana prohibition in the state and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. The initiative was leading 52.15% to 47.85% with 100% of precincts reporting at the end of the night. Ballot Measure 2 makes possession […]

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