Juneau, Alaska, OKs on-premise marijuana edibles consumption

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Alaska’s capital city approved an ordinance permitting customers to consume cannabis edibles inside licensed retail establishments.

The ordinance, approved in a 6-2 vote by the Juneau Assembly, also allows marijuana to be smoked in designated outdoor areas in Alaska’s capital city, KTOO Public Media reported.

The ordinance takes effect in late August.

The change is important, according to John Nemeth, co-owner of Top Hat Concentrates, a Juneau-based marijuana company.

That’s because tourists on cruise ships visiting Juneau could not legally use cannabis products in the city, Nemeth told KTOO.

Nemeth, who plans to open a retail center in Juneau, also would like the Assembly to consider allowing indoor marijuana smoking.

Businesses that offer on-site consumption still must receive an endorsement from the state Marijuana Control Board.

The KTOO report provides more details about on-premise consumption in Juneau.