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, thirty (30) marijuana establishment applications, and some miscellaneous administrative updates.

The room was packed with energy, applicants, local and state officials, and industry advocates all brimming with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm to witness history – the State’s first licensed marijuana businesses.

The day started with approving the agenda and then came to a screeching halt as one board member made an unusual motion – Mark Springer, the MCB’s rural representative, pulled a yellow legal pad loose piece of paper from his breast pocket and read from it word for word.  Springer called for an executive session, citing AS 44.62.310(c)(1) & (2) as his reasons for making the motion.  AS 44.62.310(c)(1) & (2) provides for a board to have a special meeting, with no members of the public present, without violating open meeting laws.

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