Thanks to pressure from advocates and the public, Alaska will become the first state to allow regulated cannabis cafés later this year! The Marijuana Control Board recently published proposed rules governing the cafés and is accepting public comments. We encourage you to check out the rules and weigh in.
We find the proposed rules reasonable overall. They cover such areas as facilities’ layout, fees for cannabis cafés (currently set at $1,000 annually), and requirements for staff. Consumers could purchase marijuana for either on-site consumption in small increments, or in larger quantities to take home. A single purchase for consumption on-site would consist of one gram of marijuana flower, an edible containing up to 10 mg of THC, or a concentrate of up to 0.25 grams.
Those who wish to provide comments to the board must do so before 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, and should be sent either to the board’s mailing address or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, including the physical mailing address for comments, click here.
Thanks so much for all you have done to help make Alaska’s marijuana laws among the best in the world! We are encouraged by the board’s careful consideration of how these new businesses should operate.
Senior Legislative Analyst
Marijuana Policy Project