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Marijuana payment firm to put $2.86M raise toward expansion

Marijuana payment service PayQwick, which brands itself as the PayPal of marijuana, has secured a $2.86 million raise. According to a news release, the Calabasas, California-based company plans to use the funding to increase sales and product development as it expands into California, Nevada, Michigan and Alaska. Here’s what you need to know: PayQwick allows […]

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As marijuana consumption licenses stall, some entrepreneurs see opportunity

By Kristen Nichols More than three months after setting rules for the nation’s first licensed marijuana consumption clubs, Denver has yet to receive any applications. The stalemate has officials in other states and jurisdictions holding off on licensing consumption clubs or lounges until they see how it goes in Colorado’s capital.

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Alaska voters reject three cannabis business bans

Alaska’s marijuana industry is breathing a sigh of relief after voters in three of the state’s largest population areas – and where a large number of the state’s cannabis businesses operate – resoundingly rejected three different proposed moratoriums. The moratorium referendums were held Tuesday in Fairbanks (population 33,000), the Fairbanks North Star Borough (100,000) and […]

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Cannabis campaign in Fairbanks, Alaska, heads into final days

Leading up to a municipal election next week, it appears that marijuana companies in Fairbanks, Alaska are well-positioned to keep their business interests alive. Voters in Alaska’s third-largest city, along with Fairbanks North Star Borough, will decide on Oct. 3 whether to continue to allow cannabis companies to operate within the municipality’s boundaries, and so […]

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

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 reported. ReLeaf helps […]

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Alaska cannabis cultivators say licensing process takes too long

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 approval to start growing. He […]

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Alaska seeks public comment on onsite marijuana consumption

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 seek comment on […]

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Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

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 […]

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AG’s letter to Oregon governor highlights illicit marijuana sector

Following similar letters to two other governors, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown noting that her state’s legal marijuana businesses haven’t slowed the illicit marijuana market. Sessions was responding to an April letter from Brown and the governors of Colorado, Washington state and Alaska that asked the Justice and Treasury departments […]

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Alaska marijuana board proposes ban on certain rent deals

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 – the power to […]

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