State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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Alaska House Passes Bill Restricting Public Access to Some Cannabis Possession Criminal Records

Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that would restrict public access to some criminal records for simple cannabis possession, according to a KTVA report. The measure is intended to make it easier for those with possession convictions to get employed. Who would benefit? Individuals 21 or older at the time of the offense […]

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Alaska Cannabis Regulators Table Social-Use Action Until June

Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board have tabled action on regulations to allow social cannabis use under the state program until the board once again has a full panel of members, the Associated Press reports. The board is down one member after the resignation of member Travis Welch last month. The board expects to revisit […]

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Alaska Lab Forced to Close After Bank Calls in Loan on Building Citing Federal Law

Anchorage, Alaska’s Steep Hill has been forced to suspend operations after Wells Fargo bank called in the loan on the company’s building because they are a cannabis-related business. The closure leaves just two labs to test cannabis products for the entire state. “We are sorry to announce that Steep Hill Alaska will be suspending cannabis […]

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Alaska Legislature Approves Industrial Hemp Law, Moves to Governor’s Desk

Alaska’s Legislature has passed an industrial hemp legalization bill, which moves next to Gov. Bill Walker’s desk for his signature. The measure, if signed, will allow farmers to register with the state to grow the crop under a pilot program. Bill sponsor Sen. Shelley Hughes has said that farmers in her district wanted to use hemp […]

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Alaska House Passes Industrial Hemp Bill, Moves to Senate

Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed legislation to allow industrial hemp production and to establish a pilot program for its cultivation and production, according to a KTUU report. The measure, introduced by Sen. Shelley Hughes, defines industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Alaska is one of eight states that permits recreational cannabis […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Alaska Cannabis Sales Decline in November; Still Mark Second Highest Totals

Alaska’s cannabis sales posted their first decline in November 2017 after setting sales records in October, the Juneau Empire reports. In November, licensed cultivators in the state sold 857 pounds of flower and 777 pounds of trim to retailers; down from 1,004 pounds of flower and 626 pounds of trim the previous month. Based on […]

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Alaska Licensed Cannabis Cultivator Burglarized

Thieves stole $150,000 worth of processed cannabis flower from a licensed cultivator in South Anchorage, Alaska early Tuesday morning and have yet to be caught, according to a KTUU report. The owner of Danish Gardens, Dane Wyrick, said four people, a woman and three men, broke through the front door with a sledgehammer and stuffed […]

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Alaska Cannabis Regulators Revoke Manufacturing License Over Failure to Test & Track

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has revoked the manufacturing facility license of Fairbanks’ Frozen Budz due to a litany of alleged infractions, including failure to test products, track the source of the cannabis used to manufacture them, and selling products containing higher-than-permitted THC limits. The revocation is the first by regulators in the state. The following […]

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Alaska’s Cannabis-Derived Tax Revenues Set Single-Month Record at One-Year Mark

At the one-year mark, recreational cannabis sales taxes in Alaska reached $953,591 in the month of October, setting a new single-month record in the state, according to a Juneau Empire report. The revenues come on 1,004 pounds of flower sold by cultivators to retailers, and another 62 pounds of other plant parts. Regulators also approved […]

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Alaska On-Site Cannabis Consumption Proposal Unveiled

Cannabis regulators in Alaska have released a draft for on-site cannabis consumption rules that would allow licensed retail stores to obtain an on-site consumption endorsement and allow use in a designated area. The proposal would require the area to be separated from “the remainder of the premises” either as a separate building or by a secure […]

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Alaska Cannabis Tax Revenues Reach New High

Tax revenues derived from Alaska’s legal cannabis industry nearly doubled from May to June, from $272,100 to $512,200 – the most in a single month since sales began in late October, Alaska Dispatch News reports. Officials from the state Department of Revenue are anticipating the trend will continue for July. “This is really incredible,” Kelly […]

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Facebook Shuts Down Pages of 6 Alaskan Cannabis Companies

The owners and employees of at least six retail cannabis shops in Alaska claim that within the last week Facebook has either deleted or taken down their pages, leaving them with one less advertising option, according to an Alaska Dispatch News report. The affected businesses include Arctic Herbery, Enlighten Alaska, Frozen Budz, Pakalolo Supply Co., […]

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Alaska Nets More than $1M in Cannabis Sales Taxes

Since the launch of retail cannabis sales in Alaska, the state has collected more than $1.2 million in tax revenue derived from the industry, leading one tax department official to call the preliminary figures for June “ridiculously fantastic.” The department hauled in $272,600 from cannabis sales in May. “…And rough numbers indicate tax collections [for […]

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Alaska Cannabis Regulators to Consider On-Site Consumption Plans

On-site cannabis consumption is back on the agenda for the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the body will discuss three different options at its next meeting, the Associated Press reports. The proposals include cannabis sampling, edibles-only consumption, the consumption of only cannabis purchased at the location in question. The sampling measure is proposed by board […]

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Alaskan Cannabis Cultivators Denied State Services from Some Federally-Funded Agencies

Alaska’s Division of Agriculture has put at least two applications from cannabis cultivators seeking to have their products tagged with an “Alaska Grown” label on hold because they don’t want to jeopardize their federal dollars, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association called it “simply arbitrary that some programs are singled out […]

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Alaskan Cannabis Companies Transporting Products on Commercial Flights

Some licensed operators in Alaska are transporting their products on commercial airplanes with the blessing of local and airport officials, according to an Alaska Dispatch News report. Using planes to ship products in-state is necessary for some canna-business owners in Alaska because their communities are accessible only by air or sea. Michelle Cleaver, owner of […]

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Governors from Adult-Use States Ask Feds to Maintain Status Quo

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the governors of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska asked that federal authorities maintain Cole Memo and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network guidance that provides “the foundation for state regulatory [cannabis] systems” vital to maintain state control. In the letter, dated April 3, the […]

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Alaska Regulators Seize CBD Products at Retail Dispensaries

Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office have seized thousands of dollars’ worth of imported CBD oil from the state’s licensed retail cannabis shops over confusion about their place in the state’s adult-use regulatory structure, the Alaska Journal reports. Sara Chambers, acting director of the office, said that the agency is “managing this developing situation with […]

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Alaska Officials Vote Against Public-Use at Cannabis Retail Stores

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 […]

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Alaska Collects First Cannabis Taxes

Alaska’s legal cannabis market earned $750,851.59 from Oct 29., the day the first store opened, to Dec. 9, according to an Alaska Dispatch News report. In November, seven cannabis cultivators paid $81,100 in taxes to the state Department of Revenue – mostly in cash. Half of the tax revenues will be deposited into the state’s […]

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Supply Shortages Hit Alaska’s Cannabis Retail Shops

All three retail cannabis shops in Fairbanks, Alaska have been forced to temporarily close over the last three months due to lack of product, according to KFXF7 report. Pakalolo Supply Company, a cultivator and retailer which opened last Halloween, had to close their doors during the holiday season due to high demand paired with growers […]

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First Dispensary Opens Today in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

The first recreational dispensary in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula opens today, according to a report from the Alaska Dispatch News. The owners of Red Run Cannabis will be selling cannabis grown by Greatland Ganja as their first in-house products won’t be ready for sale until mid-January. Marc Theiler, one of Red Run’s three owners, said they […]

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