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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 …

Alaska rec marijuana sales set to start as soon as Saturday

Bart Schaneman  | October 28, 2016

Alaska’s recreational marijuana market is expected to launch as soon as this weekend, with a retail shop in Valdez – Herbal Outfitters – preparing to open its doors at “high noon” on Saturday.

That would mean Alaska will join three other states – Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State – with active adult-use cannabis …

Alaska’s first cannabis testing lab opens

Bart Schaneman  | October 25, 2016

Recreational shops and commercial and private growers in Alaska now have a testing lab to analyze their cannabis, clearing a major obstacle for recreational sales to proceed.

CannTest, based in Anchorage, got the regulatory green light on Friday and opened for business on Monday, according to the Peninsula Clarion.

With testing underway, Alaska’s recreational market is

Alaska’s recreational cannabis market just weeks from debut

John Schroyer  | October 5, 2016

By John Schroyer

The fourth recreational marijuana industry in the United States is ready for launch.

Alaska’s adult-use program is just a few weeks from the first retail sales, according to estimates by multiple sources. A number of rec shops are scrambling to open their doors, perhaps by month’s end.

Alaska marijuana sales could begin before November

John Schroyer  | September 26, 2016

Alaska, the newest adult-use cannabis market in the United States, could begin serving customers before the start of November.

That’s according to Cynthia Franklin, the director of Alaska’s Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, who said in an email to Marijuana Business Daily that the Marijuana Control Board is doing “an excellent job of moving toward …