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.