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Anchorage Assembly finalizes pot regs; Jana Weltzin discusses

By: DJ Summers | Alaska Journal of Commerce Anchorage’s marijuana industry is set to begin, with a final package of municipal requirements coming weeks before the Marijuana Control Board starts accepting licenses on Feb. 24. Anchorage tightened certain regulations while holding off on others. New regulations increase buffer zones in Chugiak and Eagle River, add new buffer […]

Alaska Cannabis Institute Hosts Business Forum; Jana Weltzin presents

by Marissa Silver | Your Alaska Link Around 150 people gathered in the E.R. Brown Auditorium at Alaska Pacific University on Saturday and Sunday to learn about the Marijuana Business Application process. “Essentially, they’re all trying to get information because the applications are available on February 24th,” said Cory Wray who is the Executive Director […]

Many questions remain for Indian Country cannabis – by Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine

Tribal leaders should take caution before driving into industry by Jana Weltzin | Marijuana Venture Magazine There’s been a lot of recent activity regarding the involvement of Indian nations in the emerging cannabis market. The murky waters of tribal enterprises swirl with unanswered questions and faulty assumptions. Will the Feds shut down tribal businesses? Do […]

Marijuana Venture Magazine’s 8 stories that helped shape the cannabis industry in 2015 – Jana Weltzin as 3

by Garrett Rudolph and Patrick Wagner | Marijuana Venture Magazine Alaska has gone back and forth between being a trendsetter in the cannabis industry and stalling the developing industry’s growth with heavy-handed restrictions. While the state has yet to begin accepting applications for licenses, the Marijuana Control Board surprisingly voted to allow some retailers to […]

Marijuana industry criticizes city zoning

By DJ Summers in Alaska Journal of Commerce State cannabis regulations might be finalized, but Anchorage rules are just heating up. The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission, which passes zoning recommendations to the Anchorage Assembly, wants to tone down a set of municipal land use rules that make state regulations look laidback in comparison. The Alaska […]

Alaska progresses with rulemaking

By Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine As of early August, the regulatory framework for Alaska’s recreational commercial marijuana market remains in flux. The Marijuana Control Board (MCB) was finally seated July 2. Prior to the MCB members officially being seated, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) and director Cynthia Franklin were tasked with the […]

Cannabis Businesses & Leasing Real Property

By Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine Given the conflict between state and federal law, marijuana-related business owners face a unique challenge obtaining real property leaseholds. Cannabis-friendly landlords are in a predicament. They are torn between their motivation to do business with the cannabis industry and the risk of civil forfeiture, if the Feds were […]

Many complications, but few solutions in banking

By Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine Due to the lack of traditional banking services, cannabis business owners are faced with a cash management and security disaster. Cannabis appears to be the only state-sanctioned business whose financing ability is restricted to private individual loans that are usually unsecured and subject to extremely high interest rates. […]

Marijuana banking faces extra scrutiny for businesses

by Jana Weltzin in Marijuana Venture Magazine Despite growing support for legalization of cannabis, federal law remains stagnant, making banks uneasy about doing business with cannabis companies. The federal government has yet to enact an authoritative law that explicitly gives banks the blessing to do business with cannabis companies. However, the U.S. Department of Justice’s guidance […]

Movers & shakers: Attorney Jana Weltzin takes on Alaska

by Jeremy Kossen in Marijuana Examiner Last January, Jana Weltzin, Esq. an Arizona-based attorney who specializes in cannabis regulatory law, predicted Alaska would experience the “same amazing spirit of economic excitement” that Arizona was experiencing. It appears as if Jana Weltzin’s prediction is coming to fruition. Last February, thanks to a voter initiative passed in November 2014, possession, cultivation, […]

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