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.