A two-day meeting was to begin on September 7 to discuss the approval of Alaska’s first retail outlet marijuana locations licenses. But the Alaska Marijuana Control Board has delayed the meeting for at least another month due to a new proposal that would allow marijuana consumption in certain specially-licensed retail locations.
Marijuana consumption at retail locations is key issue because Alaskans and tourists will not be allowed to consume in public areas, according to The New York Times. The rules for the recreational marijuana industry in Alaska have been in the process of being written for a year. About 50 licenses have been approved, but none for retail outlet locations. The regulations on who can purchase marijuana from the retail outlets has not been determined yet.
The main focus of the Marijuana Control Board, at least thus far, has been on approving licenses for growing marijuana and marijuana testing labs. As of now, public consumption is only planned to be permitted in authorized locations. The board is also attempting to propose regulations that would allow tourists to use marijuana within the same guidelines for residents.
If passed, Alaska would become the first state in the country to allow in-store consumption of marijuana.