Alaska Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Alaska marijuana board proposes ban on certain rent deals

Omar Sacirbey  | July 24, 2017

Alaska marijuana regulators have proposed barring marijuana businesses from giving landlords a cut of their sales revenue in lieu of rent, overriding objections from MJ industry officials.

In a 3-2 vote last week, the Alaska Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) cited concerns that the practice would give non-marijuana business license holders – the landlords – …

Alaska recreational marijuana shop owners eye tourists in push for onsite consumption

Bart Schaneman  | July 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Alaska’s recreational marijuana business owners are fighting for the right to outfit their shops with a separate space to accommodate full consumption, including smoking, on their premises.

The move is largely designed so they can offer the 1 million-plus tourists who visit the state every year a place to consume cannabis.

Facebook shuts down marijuana retailers’ pages in Alaska

Omar Sacirbey  | July 10, 2017

Facebook has deleted or taken down several pages belonging to Alaska marijuana retailers, making cannabis businesses in the state the latest to be hit by the tech giant’s occasional displays of cannaphobia.

Marijuana businesses in Alaska and other states already face severe advertising restrictions, and Facebook’s moves will only make it more …

Alaska to weigh three onsite marijuana consumption proposals

Omar Sacirbey  | June 26, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board next month will consider three proposals to allow onsite consumption in marijuana retail stores.

Under the board members’ recommendations, which will be considered at a July 11-14 meeting:

  • Customers would be allowed to try marijuana at a store, then would have to leave the premises. The site couldn’t provide …

US Postal Service says no to marijuana tax payment in Alaska

Omar Sacirbey  | April 27, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service in Juneau, Alaska, refused to deliver a box of cash to Anchorage for a local recreational marijuana business that was mailing its regular tax payment to the state, saying the delivery would violate federal law.

The incident underscores the legal and operational obstacles marijuana firms face when forced to …

Alaska orders Anchorage marijuana club to shut down

John Schroyer  | April 24, 2017

Marijuana businesses in Anchorage, Alaska, have for years now been pushing the envelope of what’s acceptable by state regulators, and recently they got another answer on one thing that’s not: cannabis social clubs.

The only club in Anchorage, Pot Luck Events, which has been operational since 2015, was ordered to close by …

Pacific Northwest marijuana investment network set to launch

John Schroyer  | March 21, 2017

Cannabis-related companies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington seeking capital may find some investors through the Cannabis Investment Network, an organization launching this week that aims to connect marijuana firms with financial backers.

Cannabis Investment Network (CIN) is hoping to serve smaller-scale firms that are looking to raise from $500,000 to $3 million, according to a …

Chart: Marijuana business licensing backlog in Alaska

Eli McVey  | March 13, 2017

By Eli McVey

Despite having legalized adult-use cannabis in 2014, Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry is taking much longer than expected to begin realizing its potential.

An understaffed state regulatory agency has been slow to license new businesses, and significant amounts of red tape at the local level have prevented some licensees from opening their doors.

Alaska appoints top cannabis regulator

Omar Sacirbey  | February 27, 2017

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has appointed an Anchorage planning official to lead the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office and the Marijuana Control Board.

Erika McConnell, who will start in late March, has worked for the city since 2003 in various roles, most recently in the Office of Economic and Community Development, the …