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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Weighing Enforcement And Black Market, City Introduces Marijuana Tax

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 how to tax cannabis products within the municipality, and said the figure is a preliminary estimate of what the city will need to collect in order to pay for the licensing and enforcement costs that come along with opening new businesses.

“This is drafted where if we start at five and we find out we’re not covering the expense of this industry we can adjust it two percent at a time over a number of years,” Hall explained after the committee meeting adjourned Thursday evening. The Assembly would only be able to change the percentage taxed every two years.

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

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 or use a foosball table.

“We’re going to have the whole cafe feel to it is what we’re looking for,” said Marcus Mooers, who owns the business with his wife, Megan. “As you can see, we’re trying really hard not to just run some kind of stoner slum house.”

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.

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.

 

Marijuana Control Board Weighs Business Ownership, Investment Rules

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 areas that had spurred the most public comment.

Tuesday’s meeting was more subdued than the day before, when five businesses that had received cease-and-desist orders spoke out against any actions the state may take to shut them down. On Tuesday, markedly fewer people were in attendance, with around 20 audience members sitting through the meeting.

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.