CannaCon Goes North to Alaska Sept 9 & 10th

CannaCon is coming to Alaska Sept 9&10

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, Read the full article…

The Cannabis Industry Is Coming To Anchorage Alaska

Alaskans can currently lawfully possess up to four ounces of marijuana in their homes for personal use [and cultivate up to 25 plants], but still risk prosecution under existing state and federal statutes.

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 Read the full article…

Weighing Enforcement And Black Market, City Introduces Marijuana Tax

TThough it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent.

ALASKA: The Anchorage Assembly is introducing a measure to tax marijuana when sales become legal in the year ahead. The proposal hinges, however, on voter approval in April. Though it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent. Ernie Hall chairs the committee that’s been looking at Read the full article…

Marijuana Club Opens In Fairbanks, And The Owners Say It’s legal

Club members can smoke pot or eat pot-infused foods but cannot buy or sell marijuana inside the building. The cost to join is $10 per day or $25 per month.

ALASKA: A marijuana club that allows consumption but not sales quietly opened this week in Fairbanks, and its owners say they are operating within state law. Coffee and doughnuts were out for customers at The Higher Calling Club, which opened Monday in a remodeled former wine bar downtown, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Patrons could sit on overstuffed couches Read the full article…

Sarah Palin On Legalized Marijuana: “No Big Deal”

The fact that she would be willing to stand up against the alarmism of the big-government drug war forces that have had a home in the party for over thirty years shows that perhaps the debate is shifting within the GOP.

ALASKA: In an interview on Thursday with conservative Hugh Hewitt, 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was asked about marijuana policy in her home state of Alaska. Hewitt asked about the successful marijuana initiative that passed last year, asking in a brazen tone, “What happened in Alaska? What are you people thinking there?” In a pleasant surprise, Palin refused to take Read the full article…

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

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: 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 Read the full article…

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

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.

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 Read the full article…

Alaska Grown: Should All Marijuana Entrepreneurs Be Alaska Residents?

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.

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” — Read the full article…

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

It appears at this point that cannabis concentrates will be available for Alaskans once the licenses to produce, test and sell them are granted.

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 Read the full article…

Marijuana Control Board Weighs Business Ownership, Investment Rules

Alaska's Marijuana Control Board tweaked some rules and left others alone Tuesday, as it combed through the second set of draft regulations.

ALASKA:  Should Alaskans be the only ones allowed to invest in marijuana businesses? What distance should be mandated between a school and a marijuana establishment? In downtown Anchorage Tuesday, the Marijuana Control Board grappled with these questions as it reviewed the second set of draft regulations, working through each article in turn, and often focusing on Read the full article…