A proposal to allow open consumption at Alaska’s retail cannabis dispensaries was narrowly rejected by state regulators in February.
Retail shops across Alaska faced supply shortages going into January, which put a damper on business.
At least initially, Alaska's legal cannabis businesses will have to make tax payments to the state by dropping off or mailing bundles of cash.
Nearly two years after voters legalized adult-use cannabis, Alaska still faces a few more hurdles before legal sales can begin.
Alaska regulators were applauded Thursday as they approved the first licenses for legal marijuana growing and testing facilities — another milestone for the fledgling industry.