Alaska’s top marijuana regulator predicted that recreational marijuana will be available for public purchase in the state by next February.
But Alaska cannabis entrepreneurs are unhappy with that timeline, noting it’s been two years since the state’s voters approved adult-use marijuana, Alaska Public Media reported.
“We will have testing facilities that are testing; and we will have a lot of cultivation facilities growing a lot of legal marijuana in Alaska,” Franklin said.
But many industry advocates say February is too far away, and they worry about banking and other challenges unique to the legalized cannabis industry, Alaska Public Media reported.
Franklin, for her part, said her agency doesn’t have enough staffers to keep up with the large workload.
Some legislators, meanwhile, raised the possibility of changing state law to allow cannabis clubs where visitors – including tourists – could consume marijuana legally.