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Alaska Cannabis Regulation Compliance Overview

Alaska:  Adult-use cannabis since 2016

 
 

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.