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Alaska Proposal Would Open Door to On-Site Consumption

August 22, 2017
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After flirting for months with permitting on-site consumption at retail cannabis stores, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board has officially proposed regulations to allow the idea to move forward.

The development comes after months of discussion on the issue. In February, following a push to permit on-site consumption, regulators voted 3-2 to reject a proposal that would have allowed it

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Since the narrow rejection, the discussion has grown increasingly contentious. Some worry the lack of a legal place to consume could hurt cannabis sales in the state, especially given Alaska’s thriving tourism industry. Others worry visitors will simply spark up somewhere else.

The proposed regulatory changes would allow dispensaries to apply for on-site consumption endorsements that would allow customers to consume cannabis products on the premises.

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Public comment is being accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and can be submitted by email at amco.regs@alaska.gov or online through the Alaska Online Public Notice System. Written comments can be sent to the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, at 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1600, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Written questions can also be submitted until 10 days before the public comment section closes.

Alaskan adult-use cannabis market is starting to find its groove, but sales still lag far behind the state’s original projections. From October—the first month of legal cannabis sales—through June, Alaska collected roughly $1.75 million in cannabis tax revenue—over a quarter of a million dollars less than the state had originally projected.

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  • Silverado

    What the cannabis world is after is called PARITY. We want PARITY with the wine, beer and spirits industries. Which means whatever it’s legal to do with one of those WILL also apply to cannabis. If I can go to a restaurant and order a drink with my dinner then likewise it should be LAWFUL to also allow somebody to consume cannabis on that same property. What’s good for the wine, beer and spirits industries is also good for the cannabis industry. And until there’s PARITY so that the wine, beer and spirits industries do NOT enjoy an unfair financial advantage in the market place at the expense of legal and recreational cannabis that pays considerably more taxes than the legal alcohol industry, everyone suffers. First things first. We’ll get to the financial PARITY in taxation after we get it in the restaurant and fine dining industry in regards to the wine, beer and spirits industries’ current unfair financial advantage because of the lack of…PARITY on where cannabis can be legally consumed.