Alaska Cannabis Regulatory Overview
On November 4, 2014, Alaska voters passed a citizens' initiative to "tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana." In 2015, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board proposed regulations to govern Alaska's adult-use cannabis market, and those regulations became effective February 21, 2016.
Alaska Cannabis License Overview
Alaska's Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office grants four distinct types of licenses to marijuana businesses, two of which have sub-license types: (1) Retail marijuana store licenses; (2) marijuana cultivation facility licenses (limited or standard depending on volume); (3) marijuana manufacturing facility licenses (concentrates or product manufacturing depending on product type); and (4) testing facility licenses.
Alaska Cannabis Key Regulator
Alaska's lead regulator for its adult-use cannabis marketplace is the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office, within its Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
Alaska Cannabis Locality Options
Local communities have the ability under Alaska's cannabis laws to opt-out of permitting legal commercial activity, as well as to enact their own regulations.