Alaska’s mountainous terrain is the state’s biggest obstacle (literally) to getting everyone in the marijuana industry online and registered. Not only is Alaska’s population a sparce 740,000 — the residents are spread out to a degree unimaginable in most states, with only 40 percent of population centers accessible by roads. The only way to get to many towns, including the capital, is via air or water.
In many of these towns, Internet access is not available. This frustrates many Alaskans who are trying to get their businesses online and legal, according Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. “It is incredibly upsetting to many Alaskans that they have to have an Internet connection to get a license because of the geography. You really couldn’t pick a state with more geographic challenges.”
For the more remote towns, Franklin said, the next challenge is taking the federal marijuana enforcement guidelines outlined in the Cole Memo and reworking them to be realistic for Alaska’s geography. Each municipality can tweak the guidelines so they make sense for its area and population, but the local guidelines can’t be less strict than state rules. [Read more at GCN.com]
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email.
The state’s adult-use cannabis industry brought in nearly $60 million in its first year, but some fear market saturation and mega-competitors from out of state. One year after Maine launched its legal adult-use cannabis market, industry members say they’re encouraged by the market’s rapid growth, but they also shared worries about the possibility of market…
Trends in Cannabis Legalization While employers in the transportation industry are acutely aware of the effects COVID-19 has imposed over the last 18 months, another phenomenon has been making itself known: the ever-increasing tally of states and localities across the country legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes. A majority of states now have enacted…
CALLS by the leaders of two German police unions for politicians to U-Turn on the their progressive march towards cannabis legalisation have been roundly condemned. This comes as political talks continue towards the the formation of a cannabis-friendly ‘Traffic-Light Coalition’. It appears that it is just these talks – and the potential for adult-use legalisation…
New Jersey has licensed 14 new marijuana businesses, bringing a long-awaited expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program that exceeds original plans. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission on Friday announced the winners of a competitive and burdensome licensing process that began two years ago. Nearly 200 entrepreneurs applied for licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana,…