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Alaska: One step forward, two steps back by Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture

Alaska’s adult use marijuana program is moving along slowly, carefully and with the expected amount of drama and setbacks. Over the four years I’ve been involved in the commercial marijuana industry, one theme has remained constant in every state: the cannabis movement always takes one step forward and two steps back. But on Oct. 4, […]

Budding Industry: Mo Municipality, Mo Problems: Part 2

by Whitney Branshaw in Anchorage Press What exactly is it about the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) process that is holding marijuana business up? After some very in-depth research and many upset phone calls, it seems to be that the Title 21 Land Use Code is the root of the issue. Title 21 comes from years […]

Anchorage zoning laws force cannabis shops to cluster

by DJ Summers in Alaska Journal of Commerce Legal cannabis sales are about to happen in Alaska, maybe even within the week. Flower and bud and wax and shatter won’t have a wide city network to start, though. The municipal process takes time and has already backfired, as Anchorage residents object to the denseness of pot […]

Alaska Will Have Legal Marijuana for Sale by February 2017

by Duke London in Marijuana.com It’s been nearly two years since Alaska legalized marijuana for recreational use, but residents still can’t buy the plant legally. In an Anchorage meeting between the House and Senate Judiciary committees, the state’s chief marijuana regulator expressed optimism that dispensaries would finally be open by next February. “I believe that […]

Marijuana industry advocates criticize slowness of regulation

by Andrew Kitchenman in Alasaka Public Media Alaska’s top marijuana regulator said pot will be on sale by February. But industry advocates expressed frustration Wednesday that it’s taken nearly two years since voters approved the sales. And legislators say they’d like to see the state allow marijuana consumption in private clubs. Some lawmakers would also […]

Unresolved legal issues, bans still loom for cannabis industry

by DJ Summers in Alaska Journal of Commerce Courts, cops, lawyers and the Legislature are each holding one piece of the Alaska cannabis puzzle that doesn’t yet fit together. The industry is partially divided over how to deal with a rash of unlicensed pot shops, which touches on high-profile drug distribution cases the state has pursued since […]

Budding Industry

by Whitney Branshaw in Anchorage Press It’s June 9, 2016 and I’m sitting in on the Marijuana Control Board Meeting. The first licenses are about to be granted for testing facilities and the first wave of commercial cultivation of cannabis in our great state is upon us. (We’re about to make history, people. The shit […]

Rift forms over Anchorage Assembly member’s participation in marijuana votes, Jana Weltzin urges Assembly to reconsider

by Devin Kelly in Alaska Dispatch News Members of the Anchorage Assembly and the nascent marijuana industry are grappling over whether Assemblyman Patrick Flynn, the only representative from downtown on the body, should sit out votes on marijuana licenses when he is himself an investor in a marijuana startup. Flynn, a part-owner in a company applying to grow commercial […]

Alaska grants licenses, but not without controversy – by Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine

Tribal leaders should take caution before driving into industry by Jana Weltzin | Marijuana Venture Magazine The Last Frontier’s cannabis industry is chugging right along. On June 10, the Alaska Marijuana Board made history by approving the state’s first commercial marijuana business licenses. The meeting was packed with energy from local and state officials, applicants […]

Commercial Weed in the Last Frontier – Update from Alaska

by Jana Weltzin in Konsider The Last Frontier is chugging right along and as of Friday, June 10, 2016, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board(“MCB”) reviewed and made Alaska history by approving the State’s first ever commercial marijuana establishment licenses.  Starting on Thursday. June 9th, 2016, the Board tackled its three-page agenda, which included regulatory updates, […]

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