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Alaska: Regulators Move Forward With On-Site Consumption Rules

ALASKA: State regulators have voted in favor of plans to permit on-site marijuana consumption at designated retailers.

Under the plan, licensed retailers could designate specific areas for on-site consumption by their customers. Customers would not be permitted to bring their own cannabis.

Retailers who wish to permit on-site consumption would need to apply for a special license from the state.

It is anticipated that state lawmakers may also weigh in on the issue in 2019.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at: (202) 483-5500.

The Wink In Weed: My Trip To Alaska

 By David Rheins

I had the privilege of joining team CannaCon for the first CannaCon Anchorage trade show earlier this month.  This was my first trip to AK, and I was excited that the occasion coincided with the opening of our 49th state’s legal cannabis Marketplace.

While Alaska has allowed for home grows and personal possession of cannabis since the 1970s, (Raven v. State 1975), the state has never created a regulated medical marijuana dispensary system.  And so when voters passed Ballot Measure 2 in November of 2014,  an initiative which legalized  adult use of marijuana and called for the creation of a  regulated  commercial  production, processing, distribution and retail system,  an entire industry had to be created from scratch.  CannaCon Anchorage was the nascent industry’s first opportunity to gather as a community in a major trade show setting.  Some 65 vendors and around 500 attendees turned out to exchange information, build community and explorer potential opportunities in this exciting new legal market.

Women in Cannabis Panel CannaCon Anchorage

Women in Cannabis Panel CannaCon Anchorage

In my position as executive director of the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), I traveled to Anchorage to serve as moderator, speaker and media partner.  In that capacity, I was able to interact with all of the featured speakers – an eclectic mix of local growers, breeders, lawyers and entrepreneurs, and industry experts from Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California.

It was great to see the spirit of collaboration dominate the small but engaged panel discussions and seminars.  As the fourth legal marijuana marketplace to come online, Alaska has the opportunity to benefit from the many lessons and missteps from Colorado, Washington and Oregon experiments. These are early days, and while the crowds were small – all the seminal players were in attendance.

Adam Dunn leads the Breeders Panel

Adam Dunn leads the Breeders Panel

Alaska has a huge land mass, but a small population, and a short growing season, and these factors will limit the size of its cannabis production.  One possible advantage: the state is considering allowing cannabis consumption at retail (it is still wrestling with how to distinguish pot that was purchased at retail from that which was grown at home and brought to the proposed lounges).  If it can work out the logistics of cannabis lounges, Alaska could quickly establish itself as the country’s premiere pot tourism destination.  Hunkering down at the lodge after a long day enjoying the great outdoors with some ATF sounds pretty appealing to me — and I’ll bet to a lot of others as well.

Hanging with the DabStars

Hanging with the DabStars

My week in Anchorage went by quickly, and I vow to return soon.  It was a great first visit, and I left inspired by the hearty entrepreneurial spirit of the business pioneers I met.  As professionals in legal cannabis, I encourage you to join me in pledging to help our Alaskan brothers and sisters in their efforts to establish their legal cannabis industry.
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CannaCon Goes North to Alaska Sept 9 & 10th

65 Exhibitors, 25 Speakers and Hundreds of Industry Pioneers Fire Up Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry

WASHINGTON: CannaCon, the world’s largest cannabis trade show, announced its list of featured speakers for CannaCon Anchorage. An all-star lineup of cannabis industry business leaders will kick off the launch of Alaska’s recreational marijuana market as CannaCon comes to Anchorage, Sept. 9-10, 2016. The sold-out expo will fill the entire floor of the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska is no stranger to marijuana. The nation’s 49th state has allowed limited home grow and private personal possession since the 1970s, and became the nation’s 4 th state to fully legalize the adult use of marijuana in November, 2014, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

CannaCon Anchorage will showcase the wares of more than 65 exhibitors, and featured two dozen leading cannabis industry speakers, who will entertain and educate attendees on a wide range of topics, including the latest in breeding techniques, grow room technology, extraction methodology, “interpening,” and marketing.

CannaCon Anchorage is Sept 9 & 10th

CannaCon Anchorage is Sept 9 & 10th

Featured Speakers and Seminars

Adam Dunn partner and lead genetics consultant with MedCanna Consulting LLC, is the show’s Keynote Speaker. Dunn, founding partner of HempWorks CV (Netherlands), parent to.H.Seeds®, (Cannabis genetics), as well as HempWorks International Ltd. (Hong Kong) will also be moderating the panel: “Breeding with the Best.”

Other notable featured speakers include:

  • Auto flower expert, MTF Jeff
  • The Trichome Institute’s Max Montrose
  • Top cannabis attorneys Aaron Pelley, NWMJ Law
  • Cannabis Industry CPA, Dani Espinda
  • MJBA founder/executive director David Rheins
  • Civilized founder Derek Riedle.

A panel discussion on the role of Women in Cannabis will include:

  • Activist Cat Jeter,
  • Julie Martin, Owner of Southside Garden Supply,
  • Theresa Collins CEO/Founder Pot Luck Events and
  • Jana Weltzin, Counsel to Hoban & Feola

Denver-based Trichome Institute will be hosting training sessions for would-be workers in weed. Attendees looking for employment in the fast growing cannabis industry will be able to obtain their budtender license or marijuana handler permit by attending and passing special training sessions at the two-day event.

Top Sponsors

A wide range of top industry marketers have signed up as Gold Sponsors of CannaCon Anchorage, including Green Bits, AK Leaf, Anchorage Press, Lyon Pride Music, Southside Garden Supply (E-Blunt), Advanced Nutrients, General Hydroponics, Solis-Tek, the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), Alaska Media, and 4-Seasons Grow.

About CannaCon

CannaCon is dedicated to creating and strengthening lifelong partnerships within the emerging cannabis industry. It is our mission to provide a global venue for Cannabis businesses, investors, and community partners to showcase industry products, people and innovations; to cultivate business values within the cannabis industry through education and responsible community involvement.

 

The Cannabis Industry Is Coming To Anchorage Alaska

ALASKA:  Alaska is the next US state that will soon be selling recreational marijuana, and the cannabis industry is watching with keen anticipation.

The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office issued its first licenses for cannabis producers and testing facilities this month.   Retail licenses are to be given out in September.

In anticipation of the opening of the market, the cannabis industry will assemble at The Last Frontier for CannaCon Alaska — the state’s first major trade show.   Billed as the place  ‘where the cannabis industry does business,’ CannaCon will be a two day event in Anchorage, September 9-10, at the Dena’ina Convention Center.

Bringing producers, processors and retailers together with the businesses that support them,  CannaCon will feature a line up of  experts to share their valuable cannabis industry knowledge with attendees.

For those from legal cannabis states where marijuana retail shops have been operating for a couple of years there is a great deal of interest in seeing how Alaska manages legalization. Back in 2014 when CannaCon had its first show in Tacoma, Washington attendees and exhibitors were filled with hope and anticipation for the future of cannabis. Two years later and those same people are still making their dreams happen but with the realization that legalization comes with a heavy and burdening dose of bureaucracy.

Running a cannabis business in any state has proven to bring very uniques challenges not found in mainstream industries. It is hopeful that Alaska will be able to learn from the mistakes of other states and be able to launch a successful recreational marijuana industry with minimal roadblocks.

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State Seeks ‘Creative Ideas’ To Handle Cash From Alaska Pot Businesses

ALASKA: Struggling with the prospect of handling millions of dollars in cash from commercial marijuana businesses, Alaska’s Department of Revenue is holding three brainstorming sessions to get ideas for how to handle the influx of taxes in an industry shut off from basic banking practices.

 “It’s an uncharted territory. … We don’t have any precedent to go off of, really,” said Claire Lettow, regulations specialist for the state Tax Division.

Since marijuana remains illegal federally, Alaska’s financial institutions so far aren’t opening their doors to commercial businesses. That means, like other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, businesses will be dealing in cash. Potentially a lot of cash.

Alaska’s Department of Revenue estimates that it will take in between $5.1 million and $19.2 million in tax revenue from commercial marijuana in 2016.

Do Alaska Cannabis Regulations Allow For Chefs To Get In The Game?

ALASKA:  Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they’re setting the initial boundaries of the legal market.

“I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over, to serve cannabis-infused foods? I’m a chef and I think that we should have opportunity to stake our claim in this ‘budding’ marijuana industry.”

The regulation process is ongoing and regulators are still seeking public input on the draft rules issued so far, so things are a bit fluid at the moment. But it appears that no, Alaska’s current draft regulations don’t take into account the range of likely scenarios involving chefs and the things they might use cannabis for. But that’s not unusual among legalized states. Restaurants haven’t yet been able to go for broke without risk or gray area anywhere in the US.

 

Alaska Grown: Should All Marijuana Entrepreneurs Be Alaska Residents?

ALASKA:  Marijuana industry advocates are crying foul about a residency clause in Alaska’s draft marijuana regulations that would require all business owners and investors to be Alaska residents.

With the deadline for crafting Alaska marijuana regulations just three months away, the Marijuana Control Board must decide whether the requirement — which board member Brandon Emmett said “basically crushes the American dream” — is the best choice for a fledgling market teeming with risk.

Current draft rules read like this: Anyone who wants a marijuana business license, whether an individual, partnership, limited liability company or corporation, must be an Alaska resident. That includes every corporate shareholder and partner. Only a licensee may have a “direct or indirect financial interest,” and all licensees must be Alaska residents.

What’s The Status Of Alaska’s Rules On Cannabis Concentrates?

ALASKA:  Well, Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has released the third package of proposed regulations and held meetings in Anchorage on Monday and Tuesday. Regulators heard feedback and discussed the rules taking shape for Alaska’s legal cannabis industry. Today, we’ll look at a question related to some of those rules under development.

“Fishboy from Juneau” asks: “Will extracts like BHO (Butane Hash Oil) and shatter be available for us Alaskans? What do the laws look like surrounding concentrates?”

It appears at this point that, yes, concentrates like those will be available for Alaskans once the licenses to produce, test and sell them are granted. But some discussion remains before the final rules take shape, and no one’s been licensed yet. As we’ve learned previously, home production of concentrates for personal use is restricted in several localities to non-solvent-based extraction methods that lack the potential for fire or explosion, so recreational consumers will have to wait for the legal availability of the sophisticated products Fishboy identifies.

 

Ban On Alaska Pot Clubs Among Proposed Marijuana Control Board Regulations

ALASKA:  The Marijuana Control Board on Monday laid out its most comprehensive set of draft regulations yet for Alaska’s fledgling cannabis industry, including a proposal that would ban marijuana social clubs, even as owners of existing clubs spoke out against any actions by the state that would shutter their doors.

The newly created board is holding a two-day meeting at the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, and heard Monday morning from business owners who had been sent cease-and-desist letters by the state.

“We’re not criminal actors,” Green Rush Events co-owner Corey Rorem told the board.

Five of the six businesses that were sent letters testified to a packed room that held about 70 audience members. Only representatives from the Alaska Cannabis Club did not attend.

Trade Group Formed To Promote Legal Marijuana In Alaska

ALASKA:  A trade association has been created to promote the nascent legal marijuana business in Alaska.

Four of the five board members of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage to discuss the group’s formation; the event was teleconferenced. State records show the group received status as a nonprofit corporation in late April. The goal was to announce shortly after that, but those involved have been busy working at the local level to help set up the industry, board member and vice president Brandon Emmett said in explaining the timing of Thursday’s announcement.

According to information provided by the group, each of the five members on the founding board of directors plans to become marijuana business owners once licenses become available from the state. Membership in the organization will be open to individuals and businesses working in or associated with the legal pot industry in the state. The board is expected to grow to 11 members as the industry develops to allow for representation of a larger cross-section, members said.