Alaska Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Alaska city rejects marijuana retail sales tax increase

(This story has been updated to include information from Jana Weltzin, a cannabis attorney.) The Anchorage Assembly voted against a 2% tax increase on cannabis retail sales Tuesday. MJ business owners see the Assembly’s 8-2 vote as a win for them and a blow to the state’s illicit cannabis market, TV station KTUU reported. Anchorage Mayor […]

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Week in Review: Colorado’s flat marijuana sales, Nevada’s new MJ opportunities & Alaska’s cannabis tax ideas

Monthly cannabis sales in Colorado are flat for the first time since the state launched adult use, Nevada offers a select group additional opportunities in its recreational market, and Alaska weighs the idea of a new excise tax tier for marijuana cultivators. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the […]

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Alaska eyes new tax tier for cannabis cultivators in face of black-market demand

Alaska’s Department of Revenue is mulling a third tax tier for cannabis cultivators in an apparent bid to make the state’s legal marijuana prices more competitive with the black market. That’s according to Ken Alper, director of the state’s tax division, who was speaking at Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board on Wednesday. Here are the basics […]

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Report casts doubt on reliability of Alaska’s cannabis testing labs; state responds

Alaska cannabis growers have limited options when it comes to government-mandated testing, and a recently released state report questions whether local labs are providing accurate results about potency and contaminants. State officials, in response, offered ideas on how to address questions raised by the study. The now-shuttered Steep Hill and CannTest, which remains in business, […]

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Alaska regulators still backed up on recreational cannabis applications

It’s a recurring theme: Alaska is struggling with a backlog of marijuana license applications. About 470 applications are in various stages of the process, according to a May 8 spreadsheet posted on the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office’s website. The spreadsheet lists 47 businesses that have been granted licenses, pending inspections. Alaska, which began adult-use […]

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Thanks to mayor, Alaska city OKs up to 25 retail marijuana stores

The number of retail cannabis shops in Fairbanks, Alaska, has been set at 25. After the City Council deadlocked 3-3 on whether to allow 15 or 25 stores, Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly was called in to break the tie, the Daily News-Miner reported. He voted to set the limit at 25, opting to give all entrepreneurs who […]

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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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