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    US Postal Service blocks Juneau pot farm from shipping tax money to Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 9:19

      James Barret owns Rainforest Farms, Juneau’s first legal marijuana retailer. Because he grows marijuana he has to pay monthly taxes to the state. The trouble is, the only place he can pay them is in Anchorage. Recently, the Alaska State Department of Revenue set up a post office box so Barrett could mail his […]

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    Kodiak Borough legalizes commercial pot; city ban remains

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 5:53

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – The Kodiak Borough Assembly has voted to lift its commercial marijuana ban, although it is still illegal in the city’s jurisdiction. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the assembly voted Thursday 4-2 in favor of lifting the ban. It is unclear how soon people who have applied for state licenses will be […]

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    Charges dropped for all but 2 arrested in DC pot giveaway

    by Associated Press on Apr 21, 12:10

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against six of the eight people arrested during a marijuana giveaway near the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. attorney’s office said Friday that it would pursue misdemeanor charges only against two men who had more than 2 ounces of pot on them. Possession of up to 2 ounces […]

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    Inside a pot club – a rare and endangered species

    by Associated Press on Apr 19, 16:32

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Marijuana is becoming more accepted, but pot smokers have few places to legally smoke outside their homes. Weed pioneer Colorado has a patchwork of local ordinances that in some cases allow pot clubs, but it has no statewide rules. Marijuana activists say “social use” marijuana clubs are the next wave […]

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    Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn’t use

    by Associated Press on Apr 17, 11:59

    A new national poll says Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain. The Yahoo/Marist poll out Monday says two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are “riskier” to use than pot, even when the pain pills are prescribed by a doctor. […]

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    Alaska city officials shut out marijuana businesses

    by Associated Press on Apr 14, 8:03

    SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) – Alaska city officials have voted to keep commercial marijuana out of Soldotna. The Peninsula Clarion reports Soldotna City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday to ban marijuana establishments from operating within city limits. The council had previously placed a two-year suspension on cannabis businesses, which temporarily prohibited them until Jan. 1, 2018. Mayor […]

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    Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

    by Associated Press on Apr 13, 8:52

    TORONTO (AP) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has introduced legislation to let adults to possess 30 grams of marijuana in public. Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana. U.S voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine […]

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    Alaska marijuana regulators delay onsite use debate

    by Associated Press on Apr 05, 17:23

    Alaska marijuana regulators have delayed discussion about onsite use until next month. The board was to consider Wednesday whether to move forward with proposed rules for allowing retail pot customers to consume their purchases on site, a step no other state has taken yet. The debate comes amid concerns that doing so could bring unwanted […]

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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 […]