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 2015.

Meanwhile, the Mat-Su Borough found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit regarding the petition to ban commercial cannabis in unincorporated areas of the borough, and the Kenai Peninsula only barely gathered enough signatures for its own such ban, which has yet to be scheduled.

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