Alaska Officials Vote Against Public-Use at Cannabis Retail Stores
CATEGORIES: Cannabis PoliticsMarijuana CultureRecreational Cannabis News

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has voted 3-2 not to allow cannabis consumption at retail stores, according to a report from the Associated Press. The measure would have made Alaska the first state in the nation to approve consumption at legal cannabis shops.

Board member Mark Springer said he rejected the measure partly over concerns about how President Donald Trump’s administration will handle the legal cannabis industry.

“We don’t want to be waving a red flag in front of federal law enforcement, at least not now,” Springer said in the report.

Cary Carrigan, Alaska Marijuana Industry Association executive director, thinks that allowing cannabis-use at retail stores will happen eventually because one of the driving forces behind the voter-backed measure was allowing tourists to consume cannabis, especially cruise ships. Last year, Alaska had more than 2 million tourists – just over half arrived on cruise ships.

“What are they going to do?” Carrigan asked. “There’s going to be 500 people standing on the docks, smoking a joint.”

Most of Alaska’s tourists visit during the summer months, and tourism – a $1.9 billion industry in Alaska from 2014-2015 – could increase this year as retail stores begin opening across the state, but presently there is no place for them to legally consume the drug.

Photo Credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ

TG Branfalt Portrait

TG is a journalist by trade and has been covering cannabis industry news for since 2014. He is also the host of the Podcast and currently lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Deathcache Pipe Products

Deathcache Pipe Products

Deathcache Pipe Products is an American company manufacturing products 100% in the USA. The Self-Extinguishing Battista pipe is Deathcache’s flagship product made by craftsmen utilizing a non-toxic exotic alloy. It has a low heat transfer rate and doesn’t hold heat like glass. The Battista preserves flavor and will last a lifetime. Learn More

HARD CAR Security

HARD CAR Security

Criminals target cash and high value assets during arrivals, departure and in transit. It is not safe to endanger your in-house employees or other untrained persons to protect your valuable assets. HARD CAR eliminates the risks by deploying professionally trained security agents, discreet armored vehicles, proven real time GPS tracking and video in transit to protect your valuable assets. Learn More

Marijuana Business Association

Marijuana Business Association

Join the MJBA today as a Volunteer Advocate, Individual Supporter, Business Member or Corporate Sponsor and help us end prohibition, educate consumers, legitimize the industry, and expand the market. Learn More

Recommended Reading

Recent Cannabis Industry News

More Cannabis Industry News Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Join the conversation. Leave a comment below: