Marijuana Moment report…
Adults 21 and over can buy regulated and taxed cannabis from licensed storefront dispensaries in a growing number of U.S. states—but until Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer (R) signed new regulations into law on Tuesday, no states had been in the business of issuing permits authorizing on-site consumption.
Now, licensed retail businesses in Alaska will be able to begin applying for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state beginning April 11.
Meyer’s sign-off follows approval from the Alaska Marijuana Control Board in December, and comes after what the Anchorage Daily News characterized as “years of back-and-forth” over whether regulators would license marijuana use as well as sales that began in 2015, shortly after Alaska voters legalized recreational cannabis.
It’s unclear when the first Alaska marijuana smoking lounges will open for business, but industry observers said it was unlikely it would happen before mid-July.
Under the new rules, consumption area would have to be physically separated from retail spaces, either by a wall and a “secure door” or an outdoor patio. Businesses would have to provide security plans and adequate ventilation.
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