First business licenses issued; ally sacked from Marijuana Control Board


Last update: August 18, 2016


The Marijuana Control Board is behind schedule at fully implementing voters’ 2014 marijuana legalization and regulation initiative, Ballot Measure 2. It issued the first set of business licenses on June 9 — 10 to cultivators and testing labs — but has yet to license any retailers, though licenses were supposed to be issued in May. Applications for processors and retailers will be considered later in the year. For specifics on the state program, including a calendar with important benchmarks, an FAQ, and training videos for applicants, click here.

Perhaps more alarmingly, on July 29, 2016, one of the strongest advocates of sensible marijuana policies on the Marijuana Control Board — Bruce Schulte — was sacked. Now, Gov. Bill Walker must name another appointee to the five-member body.

Gov. Walker’s new appointee will likely determine the course the board takes. Urge him to stand up for the people’s marijuana regulation law and to ensure that a strong ally of legalization and regulation takes Bruce Schulte’s place.

Alaska is on track to become the first state to allow regulated cannabis cafes, places where adults can consume cannabis in a regulated setting. Draft regulations are available here. However, a hostile majority on the board would threaten progress.


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