Regulators consider cannabis café rules as new legislative session begins
Last update: January 17, 2017
Alaska lawmakers reconvened in January to kick off the 30th legislative session, and so far, it appears to be a quiet session for marijuana policy. With regulated businesses going online last October, there have been few major bumps in the road, and it is likely that legislators are taking a wait-and-see approach before considering further changes to the program.
Focus on policy and program changes remains with the Marijuana Control Board, which continues to consider rules. Among several areas under consideration, the board is poised to adopt workable cannabis café rules. While bars, restaurants, and other businesses offer alcohol to patrons throughout the state, those who choose a safer substance are confined to their homes. This is unfair to responsible Alaskans, and it leaves tourists with no place to consume at all. Alaska is poised to adopt a workable solution, sidestepping challenges other states continue to face.
Be sure to stay tuned. Bills related to marijuana could be introduced with little notice during the session, and the MCB will continue its work in 2017.
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