Cannabis café rules postponed to 2018


Last update: December 11, 2017


Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board postponed a decision on proposed rules that would allow cannabis cafés to begin operating. Advocates came out strongly in support, but deliberation at the November meeting ran longer than planned. Board members decided to focus on current business applications and will take up discussion on cannabis cafés again in the spring.

Cannabis café’ rules are overdue. The status quo is unworkable for the state’s tourists, and adult residents should not be relegated to private homes when alcohol consumers can choose from a variety of bars and restaurants. It is also important to ensure renters — whose leases may prohibit cannabis consumption — are not shut out of the freedoms Alaskan homeowners enjoy.

Earlier this year, three measures that would have shut down all cannabis-related businesses and cut off legal, regulated access for adults were soundly defeated in local elections. Voters in the city of Fairbanks, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough each rejected the proposed bans by wide margins on October 3.

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