Regulators again consider cannabis café rules
Last update: March 6, 2017
Alaska’s regulatory authority, the Marijuana Control Board, disappointed many last month when members narrowly voted to back away from proposed regulations over a year in the making. Despite their efforts, Sara Chambers, acting director for the department, reminded board members the next day that they had already approved on-site consumption and that their action in February simply avoided adopting any rules. The issue is scheduled to come up again at the next board meeting on March 7, 2017.
Adults who consume cannabis must have a lawful place to go. A law that allows adults to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis has little meaning for those with no place to lawfully consume it. That is currently the situation in Alaska, where thousands of tourists later this year will be able to purchase cannabis but not consume it at any location. It is essential that Alaska adopt rules to allow these individuals to consume at a regulated location, not in places like sidewalks, parks, and alleys. It is likely that failure of the board to take action will result in greater harm than if they simply adopt sensible policies.
If you have not done so already, please contact members of the board today and make sure they hear from you in support of on-site consumption rules.
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