Alaska Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Alaska MJ entrepreneurs find way to ship product – commercial flights

John Schroyer  | February 23, 2017

By John Schroyer

The legal marijuana industry in the United States has been built by pioneers willing to risk the wrath of authorities.

That tradition is continuing in Alaska, where a retail shop owner has pushed the legal envelope by flying across her immense state with carry-ons full of marijuana inventory for her store.

Alaska regulators seize imported CBD oil in raids

John Schroyer  | February 10, 2017

Alaska officials raided an unspecified number of recreational cannabis shops and seized “thousands of dollars worth of imported CBD oil,” the Alaska Journal reported.

A news release from the Alaska Marijuana Control Office confirmed Thursday that “several retail stores” appeared to be in violation of state laws that mandate specific testing, …

Alaska spikes plan for cannabis use at rec stores

Omar Sacirbey  | February 3, 2017

In what was described as a “surprise” move by at least one local report, Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board on Thursday night jettisoned a proposal that would have allowed cannabis consumption at recreational marijuana retail shops.

The 3-2 vote to abandon the plan reflected fears that Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney …

Alaska’s rec MJ rollout hampered by red tape, supply shortages

John Schroyer  | February 1, 2017

By John Schroyer

Insiders in the United States' latest recreational cannabis market - Alaska, which has been up and running since October - say the rollout has been hindered by bureaucratic issues and continued supply shortages.

Those problems are expected to be resolved in the months ahead.

Year in Review: Top 10 notable developments in the marijuana industry from 2016

Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman  | December 30, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

In the annals of marijuana history, 2016 will most certainly stand out as a watershed year for the business of cannabis.

From huge wins on Election Day and a flurry of investment activity to big courtroom victories and recreational legalization momentum in Canada, cannabis made headlines in the U.S. and …

Alaska’s top cannabis regulator is resigning

Omar Sacirbey  | December 12, 2016

Alaska’s top cannabis official, Cynthia Franklin, is stepping down from her post to take another job in the state government.

Franklin said Jan. 6 will be her last day as director of Alaska’s Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO), according to Alaska Public Media.

In 2014, she was appointed head of the Alcoholic Beverages …