Alaska marijuana regulators have fined the operator of a pot competition, the Alaska Cannabis Classic, saying the event illegally sold marijuana and promoted public consumption.
The Cannabis Classic, which took place May 19 in Anchorage, was fined $20,000, with $15,000 suspended. That means the operator will have to pay only $5,000 so long as the event does not violate Alaska law going forward, Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board director Erika McConnell said in an email.
McConnell had asked the board to levy a fine of $10,000 for each of two violations: Selling marijuana without a license in the form of $350 marijuana judging kits; and “allowing and encouraging” public consumption of cannabis.
The Cannabis Classic is run by husband and wife Cory and Kendra Wray, who organize similar events across west coast states.
As part of the event, “judgeships” are sold for $350, McConnell wrote to the board. People who want to judge marijuana submitted for the competition pay the fee and are given a kit that includes a ounce of marijuana flower and concentrates.
“Essentially, the Wrays are selling marijuana to individuals through their website,” McConnell’s memo says. [Read more at Anchorage Daily News]