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    Marijuana Control Board votes against onsite consumption – again

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 07, 19:09

    Clearing up confusion was a top priority for the Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) during its March meeting on Tuesday.  Last month, the board rejected a proposal allowing onsite consumption at some retail pot stores, but in the days that followed, it became very clear the issue wasn’t dead. The board had already approved licenses […]

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    Alaska AG says feds couldn’t overturn state’s pot law

    by KTVA / AP on Feb 23, 17:09

    A representative for the Alaska attorney general’s office says a change in how the federal government enforces its own marijuana laws would not affect state marijuana laws. Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says Alaska’s law legalizing recreational marijuana wouldn’t be overturned. She commented after White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested during a press briefing […]

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    Alaska State Troopers seize $600,000 in marijuana at grow near Tok

    by Associated Press on Feb 17, 14:49

    Alaska State Trooper investigators have seized marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $600,000 from an illegal grow operation near Tok. Acting on a tip, Fairbanks troopers in the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit on Wednesday contacted the occupants of a home at Mile 1316 Alaska Highway. Troopers say a suspected grow operation was […]

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    Man seeks to bring marijuana business to small Alaska town

    by Associated Press on Feb 13, 6:12

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – Now that marijuana businesses are up and running in Alaska, a resident of a small town on Prince of Wales Island is hoping to get support from the town’s voters to open up a pot business of his own. KFSK-FM reports that Brian Wilson Jr. has submitted application materials to the […]

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    Decision to seize CBD products began with call from postal workers, AMCO says

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 10, 20:17

    Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) says there’s more to the story about why it seized several thousand-dollars’ worth of inventory from pot shops around the state. Acting director Sara Chambers said it all started with a call from the U.S. Postal Service. AMCO investigators were asked to come take a closer look at […]

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    Alaska regulators raid pot stores over cannabidiol oil sales

    by KTVA / AP on Feb 09, 17:06

    Last updated at 6:07 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 Alaska marijuana regulators raided several retail pot shops that appeared to be selling oil made from marijuana plants in violation of state law. The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, in a Thursday release, said enforcement officers seized items from several stores in the state that […]

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    Marijuana office seeks 2 examiners to help with workload

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Feb 07, 14:57

    A top state marijuana regulator says her office needs more staff to handle its workload. Sara Chambers, the acting director of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, told a House budget panel Tuesday that her office is seeking two additional licensing examiners to help with marijuana regulation. The office’s budget request also seeks an administrative […]

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    Alaska’s rejection of onsite pot use at stores gets murky

    by Associated Press on Feb 03, 20:13

    Alaska marijuana regulators thought they had snuffed out onsite use of marijuana at retail pot shops, but there may be an ember left. On Thursday, the Marijuana Control Board rejected rules that would have let people buy marijuana products in authorized stores and go into separate store areas to partake. But board staff on Friday […]

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    Alaska nixes proposal for marijuana consumption at pot shops

    by Liz Raines on Feb 02, 14:56

    Alaska was expected to become the first state in the country to open cannabis cafes following statewide legalization. That no longer appears likely, following a quick vote by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board Thursday in Juneau. The five member board decided in a 3-2 vote not to move forward with regulations to allow on-site consumption in […]

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    Unknown flusher interrupts Marijuana Control Board meeting

    by Associated Press on Feb 02, 11:40

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Everyone’s had a bad conference call experience when someone who dialed in puts the call on hold, and loud holding music makes it impossible for the call to continue. The Alaska Marijuana Control Board had a bit of that and a sound of a different sort during its meeting Thursday. Someone […]

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    Alaska board mulls pot use in retail stores

    by Associated Press on Feb 01, 9:22

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Thousands of cruise ship passengers could soon be getting a different taste of Alaska this summer. The state’s marijuana regulators will meet Thursday to consider letting pot retail stores allow onsite consumption. Critics fear either an Amsterdam-like scene or marijuana use spilling into alleys, parks and trails since visitors can’t take […]

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    Where’s the weed? Anchorage pot shops cope with cannabis shortage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 19, 19:30

    If you’re hoping to pick up some legal marijuana in Anchorage, you may be out of luck. Currently, there are three stores open locally. Budtenders at Alaska Fireweed say they still have some flower on their shelves, but Dankorage and Artic Herbery say they’re sold out. It didn’t take long for Anchorage’s first pot shop to […]

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    DHSS wants consumers to be informed about marijuana edibles

    by Liz Raines on Dec 31, 10:00

    By the time its doors open at noon on Monday, Anchorage’s Arctic Herbery will be stocked with roughly 1,000 packages of marijuana edibles. If you haven’t tried an edible before, there are a few things the state’s chief medical officer says you should know. “It’s absorbed through the gut, so it’s a much slower process […]

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    Alaska made $81k in marijuana taxes from first full month of sales

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 30, 19:42

    Taxes from Alaska’s first full month of marijuana sales are in, and the tax director for the Alaska Department of Revenue, Ken Alper, says the state collected just over $81,000 in November. The state saw only $10,400 in pot taxes in October. At the moment, marijuana in Alaska is only taxed at the cultivation level. Buds […]

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    2 businesses applying for YK Delta’s first marijuana store licenses

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Dec 22, 14:42

    Two businesses in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses — the Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive, according to a report by KYUK Public Media. Both businesses are in the first […]

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    More US women using pot during pregnancy

    by CBS/AP on Dec 19, 10:40

    CHICAGO — U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems. In 2014, almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they’d recently used marijuana, up […]

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    Celebrating cannabis: Anchorage’s first pot shop is open for business

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 15, 16:38

    Anchorage hit a marijuana milestone on Thursday. Arctic Herbery is officially the first pot shop in the city to start selling cannabis over the counter. It’s something folks have been waiting for since Alaska legalized weed two years ago. While the first shop in the state opened in Valdez back in October, customers who lined up outside […]

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    Anchorage pot shop gets a call from state officials on opening day

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 08, 17:18

    Last Updated at 4:37 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 Anchorage’s first marijuana retailer hit a bit of a snag minutes after opening Friday. Butch Tilmer was the first customer to purchase six clone plants from Arctic Herbery. Then the state called the store and asked owner Bryant Thorp to hold off additional sales. After a lengthy […]

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    Weed is legal in Alaska, but when will it go on sale in Anchorage?

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 07, 17:27

    From Southeast to Fairbanks, marijuana shops have started opening their doors across the state. But Alaska’s biggest city is trudging behind, leaving many to ask: When will Anchorage’s pot shops finally open? The municipality has a list of about 100 or so proposed marijuana businesses, according to Erika McConnell, marijuana coordinator with the Municipality of Anchorage. So far […]

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    Southcentral’s first marijuana retail shop opens in Kenai

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 21, 18:26

    Southcentral Alaska now has its first recreational marijuana retail store. Red Run Cannabis Company opened its new shop at 5455 Kenai Spur Road at noon on Monday. Owner Eric Derleth said the shop had more than 200 people come through in the first couple hours. Red Run is approved to grow and sell marijuana. Derleth […]