People 21 and older in Alaska will be allowed to consume cannabis on the premises of certain stores that will sell it, according to a ruling made Friday by the board tasked with writing rules for the state’s recreational marijuana industry, the Associated Press reports.

The Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 in favor of such a move, making Alaska the first state to both legalize marijuana and include a legal method of public, social consumption.

“This would put, I think, Alaska in the forefront on this issue,” said Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Alaska’s cannabis regulations are expected to be finalized soon, and the state is set to begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses sometime in February. The first licenses are expected to be awarded in May.


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