Alaska To Allow Edibles, Concentrates After Amendment Fails

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Edibles and oils won’t be banned in Alaska when the state’s rec market opens.

On Monday, the state senate has shot down an amendment that would have made concentrates illegal.

The rule, which would have taken effect in two years, was dropped from regulations under consideration by Alaska lawmakers to the govern the state’s recreational marijuana regulations, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks republican, said that Alaskans who voted to legalize recreation marijuana in November “wanted the leafy stuff” and not edibles or oils. He also cited problems in Colorado has experienced with regulating edibles. Other lawmakers who voted in favor of the ban said it was the best way to keep children from getting their hands on marijuana.

The legislation, written by the senate finance committee, set some other ground rules for cannabis businesses, including banning companies from opening in unorganized boroughs. Marijuana will still be listed as a controlled substance in the state under the proposed law.

The bill will now be sent to the state house for consideration.

Alaskan lawmakers have been wrestling with regulations governing the cannabis industry. Recently, a town rolled back restrictions on marijuana possession and processing on fears they would violate state law.