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 like state officials work to improve marijuana businesses’ access to banks.

Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Cynthia Franklin told state legislators that marijuana testing should begin within weeks.

“I believe that by the time we arrive at February of 2017 we will have stores that are operating; we will have product manufacturers that are making products, which have been individually approved by this board – which is a tremendous amount of work,” Franklin said. “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.”

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