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Alaska cannabis group promotes support for growers

By Jacquie Slater 10:21 PM January 7, 2015
ANCHORAGE –

Legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana use in Alaska will go into effect on Feb. 24. Now, there’s a new organization forming aimed at providing support for cannabis growers here in Alaska.

The Alaska Cannabis Grower’s Association is a trade organization for growers, not retailers. Their goal is to provide economic and business leadership for the benefits of growers in the industry.

“Businesses can utilize us for a platform for their own marketing, for networking,” said executive director Conrad Daley.

Daley says he feels growers are the foundation of the industry, and it’s important for them to come together now to ensure their success. It’s something he says other states did not do.

The association will join together commercial, non-commercial, medical and recreational growers.

“We can also provide strength in numbers for advocacy and purchasing power so we can provide discounts for the average grower,” said Daley.

Daley believes mistakes made in Washington and Colorado have led to a still thriving black market marijuana industry. He hopes having a place where growers can come to for guidance and support will help prevent that from happening here in Alaska.

“If we are going to make an effort, an honest, sincere effort, to eliminate the black market as I believe we should, we need to be reaching out to these growers that are the suppliers of this black market chain,” said Daley.

Their website invites growers to come together to ensure stability, viability, and prosperity within this budding industry. Membership will be open once the new legislation becomes law.

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