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Public Comment Period Open Regarding Marijuana Cafes in Alaska

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The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office has started accepting public comments regarding marijuana cafes in the state. The cafes would be Amsterdam-style.

A public hearing will be held on December 19 regarding the cafes, according to Juneau Empire. A vote regarding the proposal could take place following the hearing. The board could also ask for revisions or the measure could be rejected as well.

The period for public comment was opened just a week after the board voted to allow the proposal to move forward. If the proposal is approved, those with existing retail marijuana licenses would be allowed to submit an application for a special permit. The permit would be a license endorsement allowing on-site consumption.

Jed Smith of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office said, “You have to have a retail marijuana license, and then you would apply for an endorsement on top of that.”

Accepted retailers would have to designate a specific portion of their establishments for on-site consumption. That area would be required to be isolated with appropriate ventilation, a secure door and necessary walls. Some retailers may be able to offer outdoor consumption.

Any area in Alaska that has already prohibited on-site consumption, like Juneau, would not offer any on-site consumption smokable forms of marijuana. Those sites could offer edibles to be consumed on-site.

Jennifer Canfield of Green Elephant Gardens said, “I think it’d be great if the tourists had somewhere to go to smoke their joints other than on the beaches or on the trails.”

Written comments will be accepted until November 1.