Category Archives: Alaska Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Alaska OKs rules for on-site cannabis use, gives jurisdictions some control

Alaska regulators approved rules for on-site consumption of marijuana at some retail cannabis shops – but local governments, by an ordinance or ballot question, could bar on-premise use or certain types of consumption, such as smoking. Cary Carrigan, the executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, called the state’s Marijuana Control Board’s 3-2 vote […]

Licensing delays cost Alaskan marijuana license applicants time, money

Applicants for cannabis business licenses in Alaska could be forced to wait up to five months for their paperwork to be reviewed, despite a state statute stipulating that licenses should be granted in roughly 90 days. Prospective licensees told the Alaska Journal of Commerce the long wait times are costing them money. One cultivation business owner […]

Increased desire for high-THC products a hazard for some Alaska cannabis cultivators

Consumers in Alaska are willing to pay higher prices for more potent cannabis, but that trend could threaten to bankrupt some cultivators. Growers whose marijuana tests below 20% THC struggle to recoup their costs because their product won’t sell for a premium price, a lab director told the Anchorage Daily News. The cost of a […]

How marijuana companies can keep staffs intact during market launch delays

Solveo Wellness CEO Sara Gullickson, center, is flanked by her Pennsylvania company’s staff. (This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the August issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) In new cannabis markets where compliance, scarce supply or testing logjams can delay cultivation and retail operations, it’s critical to retain talent during slowdowns and […]

Alaska adds marijuana testing facility in state’s underserved interior

Alaska regulators approved the license for the first cannabis testing facility in interior Alaska, and the lab is expected to open next month in Fairbanks. Having a testing facility there will cut wait time and transportation costs for interior growers, said Cary Carrigan with the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association. State tax records show there are […]