Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

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Proposal for on-site cannabis consumption allowed to move forward

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

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After month-long deliberations whether permitting on-site cannabis consumption at retail stores could be beneficial, the Alaska Cannabis Control Board officially proposed regulations to allow the measure to move forward.

In February, after a push to permit on-site consumption, regulators voted 3-2 to reject a proposal which would have allowed it.

Since the narrow rejection, supporters of the proposal feared cannabis sales would drop if tourists and residents could not legally consume without access to a private residence. 

The proposed regulatory changes would allow dispensaries to apply for on-site consumption endorsements and would allow individuals to consume cannabis products on site.

If the proposal passes, Alaska will be the first state to allow cannabis enthusiasts the right to consume publicly at authorized locations and dispensaries.