Alaska Marijuana Business News

Alaska delays discussion on onsite recreational cannabis use

Alaska’s marijuana regulators have postponed until June action on draft rules for allowing people to consume adult-use cannabis in authorized retail stores. Erika McConnell, the director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, had recommended that the Marijuana Control Board put the draft regulations out for public comment. But the board unanimously opted to wait […]

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Steep Hill to close Alaska cannabis testing lab

One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down, leaving the state’s cannabis growers with only two options for mandated testing. Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post that the lab is “suspending cannabis testing operations on March 31,” the Juneau Empire reported. The lab said it has to relocate […]

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Alaska recreational cannabis supply on the upswing, wholesale marijuana still fetching high prices

Alaska’s recreational cannabis market is slowly maturing. Supply is catching up to demand, but wholesale and retail prices remain some of the highest in the nation among adult-use marijuana markets. According to several business owners in the state, prices for a wholesale pound of cannabis flower in the Last Frontier range from $2,800 to $5,000 […]

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Week in Review: Smokable flower in PA, MJ air transport in Alaska & CBD setback in Idaho

Pennsylvania ponders allowing smokable flower to combat a medical marijuana supply shortage, police in Juneau, Alaska, green light transporting cannabis on commercial airlines, and Idaho lawmakers shelve a CBD bill. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Slim pickings in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program hit […]

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Juneau, Alaska, police: MJ firms can transport cannabis via planes within state

Police in Juneau, Alaska, have changed their policy on the transportation of legal cannabis, saying they’ll allow licensed marijuana operators to take cannabis on commercial flights within the state. According to KTOO Public Media, Police Chief Ed Mercer wrote in a letter to Alaska’s U.S. attorney general and the local Transportation Security Administration office that marijuana […]

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Alaska scrutinizing two cannabis testing labs

Two marijuana testing facilities in Alaska are being audited by a state agency amid concerns about discrepancies in potency-testing results between the sites. The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Health Laboratory is conducting the audits of CannTest and Steep Hill Alaska. Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, recommended the audit in […]

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19 attorneys general urge Congress to give cannabis states access to banking

A letter to 10 major Congressional leaders from 19 attorneys general asks Congress to push through legislation that would allow states with medical or recreational marijuana laws to bank as other business do. The group suggests that Congress give special attention to measures such as the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE). Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, introduced […]

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Industry insiders, state officials in recreational cannabis markets vow to stay the course

Prominent figures from the nine recreational marijuana markets in the United States reacted defiantly to the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is throwing out Obama-era protections for the legalized cannabis industry. From Alaska to Maine, industry insiders in states with legal adult-use programs and politicians from both sides of the aisle spoke out against the action. But […]

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Break-in at Alaska marijuana operation, $150k of product stolen

A marijuana business in Anchorage had a large amount of freshly packaged cannabis stolen, police said, highlighting the ongoing danger robberies can present for plant-touching companies. The owner of Danish Gardens – a licensed grower, product manufacturer and retailer – arrived at his store to find the glass employee entrance smashed in, with a small […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana fund raises, more Maryland dispensaries & Alaska edibles maker shut down

Two ancillary marijuana companies announce huge fund raises, Maryland approves 12 more medical cannabis dispensaries, and Alaska regulators shut down an edibles company. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Sign of the times? Significant capital raises by a pair of cannabis-focused technology companies portend what […]

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Alaska shuts down marijuana edibles maker for multiple alleged violations

In an unprecedented move, Alaska’s marijuana control agency is revoking the license of a marijuana edibles manufacturer that was accused of selling moldy products. The state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office board voted unanimously to revoke the license of Fairbanks-based Frozen Budz and to fine the company $500,000, the Juneau Empire reported. Erika McConnell, director of […]

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Alaska suspends marijuana edibles maker’s license during probe

One of the first infused product manufacturers in Alaska has been forced to halt operations because of an allegation it may have bypassed required lab testing for some of its edibles.

Fairbanks-based Frozen Budz on Monday was ordered to cease production when the state Marijuana Control Board suspended the company’s manufacturing license until the board can complete an investigation into the potency levels of its edibles, the Daily News-Miner reported.

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