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Alaska Allows Edible Consumption in Authorized Stores

Alaska Allows Edible Consumption in Authorized Stores

In April of 2019, Alaska became the first state in the nation to allow edibles to be consumed in authorized stores. This rule eases the preexisting requirements on the control of marijuana products. Patrons are still not allowed to smoke it though.

The select stores are authorized for on-site consumption. It is not yet a universal change. If stores wish to allow its patrons to be able to consume their edibles they must apply for changes in their licenses and their business plans. To become licensed to sell marijuana products in most states, special permits and licenses are required for each item. The business models and types of insurance they need to require adjustment as well.  James Barrett, co-owner of Rainforest Farms, is interested in expanding the business to include on-site consumption of edibles as well as concentrates, but that requires changing his business model and adjusting insurance and jumping through bureaucratic hurdles.

The law was adjusted in April and businesses are still figuring out how they will incorporate it into their business plans.  Smoking the various strains of marijuana could be a possibility in the future, but the store would need to put in special ventilation systems for the smoke to be dispersed effectively. Juneau sees many cruise ships stop by and more than one tourist visits their authorized shops in the area. More than one has expressed interest in smoking their joint on the premises and while the laws have been changed to allow the consumption of edibles, smoking it anywhere outside of one’s own home is still illegal.

               As the rules in all 50 states change, more are embracing of not only the idea of medical marijuana but allowing at least small amounts to be consumed in authorized areas. More states will be following as the medical side begins to allow the recreational to have a hand in the state businesses.

In April of 2019, Alaska became the first state in the nation to allow edibles to be consumed in authorized stores. This rule eases the preexisting requirements on the control of marijuana products. Patrons are still not allowed to smoke it though.

The select stores are authorized for on-site consumption. It is not yet a universal change. If stores wish to allow its patrons to be able to consume their edibles they must apply for changes in their licenses and their business plans. To become licensed to sell marijuana products in most states, special permits and licenses are required for each item. The business models and types of insurance they need to require adjustment as well.  James Barrett, co-owner of Rainforest Farms, is interested in expanding the business to include on-site consumption of edibles as well as concentrates, but that requires changing his business model and adjusting insurance and jumping through bureaucratic hurdles.

The law was adjusted in April and businesses are still figuring out how they will incorporate it into their business plans.  Smoking the various strains of marijuana could be a possibility in the future, but the store would need to put in special ventilation systems for the smoke to be dispersed effectively. Juneau sees many cruise ships stop by and more than one tourist visits their authorized shops in the area. More than one has expressed interest in smoking their joint on the premises and while the laws have been changed to allow the consumption of edibles, smoking it anywhere outside of one’s own home is still illegal.

               As the rules in all 50 states change, more are embracing of not only the idea of medical marijuana but allowing at least small amounts to be consumed in authorized areas. More states will be following as the medical side begins to allow the recreational to have a hand in the state businesses.

 

Reference: https://www.adn.com/alaska-marijuana/2019/04/30/alaska-marijuana-regulators-to-consider-changes-for-on-site-pot-consumption-rules/

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