Alaska Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

$10,000 in hemp CBD products stolen at Alaska fair

Roger Fillion  | September 6, 2017

An Anchorage cannabis clinic is reporting that thieves at the Alaska State Fair stole some $10,000 worth of hemp-based edibles and tinctures from its booth, underscoring the risks for businesses displaying pricey CBD merchandise at such venues.

ReLeaf Alaska and the Alaska State Fair announced the theft Tuesday, Anchorage TV station KTUU …

Alaska cannabis cultivators say licensing process takes too long

Bart Schaneman  | September 1, 2017

Six new marijuana cultivators came online in Alaska in July, but growers are complaining about problems with licensing procedures.

“The process is taking a lot longer” than expected, Evan Schlosberg, cultivation director for Anchorage-based The Frost Frontier, told KTUU.

Schlosberg told the TV station it took months to finally receive …

Alaska seeks public comment on onsite marijuana consumption

Kevin Huhn  | August 23, 2017

Alaska regulators plan to take public comment through Oct. 27 on a proposal that would allow authorized recreational marijuana shops to provide a place for people to consume the cannabis products they buy.

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has gone back and forth on whether to allow onsite consumption but agreed once again to …

Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

John Schroyer  | August 17, 2017

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more …

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 …