Alaska might become the first place in the U.S. to officially permit recreational marijuana consumers the right to use cannabis in specially state-licensed establishments.
Alaska Marijuana News and Politics
U.S. Senators From Alaska
702 Hart Senate Building Washington, D.C. 20510
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709 Hart Senate Building Washington, D.C. 20510
Main: 202-224-6665 Fax: 202-224-5301
Sen. Murkowski is up for reelection in 2016
State marijuana law from FindLaw.com:
Marijuana is legal in Alaska for both medical and recreational users, with some restrictions. It is legal to grow your own herb and possess up to one ounce (4 ounces in your private residence), but it is still illegal to sell or consume in public.
Marijuana Policy Project on Alaska:
Last update: November 30, 2015
In a dramatic final series of votes on Friday, November 20, the Marijuana Control Board (MCB) settled on its final set of recommendations for the rules governing the emerging adult retail marijuana market in Alaska. Of critical importance, the board amended language that would have prevented retail marijuana locations from allowing adults to consume onsite. Under the revised rules, marijuana cafés could be licensed and allowed to operate unless prohibited by local communities.
Several other key changes were made, including the removal of the express ban on so-called “social use clubs” (which the board still says are unlawful), the cap on THC levels in concentrates, and a controversial amendment to the residency requirement that would allow outside investors to help fund marijuana businesses. Thanks so much to everyone who raised their voices in support of more sensible regulations. Detailed analysis of many of the key votes is covered here.
The final set of rules adopted by the board will be reviewed by the Department of Law and finally the lieutenant governor before they are made official in early 2016. Then, starting in the spring, businesses can begin the processes of applying for licenses to cultivate, process, test, or sell marijuana to adults 21 and over. For more information about Measure 2, check out this FAQ from the Alaska Department of Commerce. You can read a summary of the law here.
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