Alaska Officials Vote to Allow On-Site Cannabis Consumption at Retail Outlets

By Associated Press

alaskaThe board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug.

The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board also changed the definition of the term “in public” to allow for consumption at some pot shops, none of which are open yet. Colorado, Washington and Oregon have legalized recreational marijuana but ban its public use, including in pot stores.

“This would put, I think, Alaska in the forefront on this issue,” said Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project.

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WA Liquor Control Board Confused About New Medical Cannabis Law

walcbAs part of the recent passage of Senate Bill 5052 in Washington State, those under 21 are no longer allowed to participate in collective gardens, or even so much as enter a dispensary. The law establishes a misdemeanor penalty for those under 21 who do participate in collectives. However, the state’s Liquor Control Board (LCB), the entity tasked with overseeing the state’s cannabis laws, appears to be completely confused on the subject, and is giving bad advice to medical cannabis establishments.

We received a tip from several collectives in Washington that the LCB has told them that they can continue to serve those ages 18 to 21.

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Average Price of Legal Cannabis Drops by Over Half in Washington State

Source: Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Source: Washington State Liquor Control Board (click to enlarge).

The price of legal recreational cannabis has dropped significantly in recent months in Washington, according to new data released by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

According to the Board, the average price of recreational cannabis throughout the state is $12 a gram. When sales began in July, average prices were near $30 a gram.

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$3.8 Million in Recrational Cannabis Sold in First Month of Legal Sales in Washington State

There was roughly $3.8 million in recreational cannabis sold in Washington State in the month of July, the first month such sales were legalmoney2, according to new data released by the state. The numbers are based on just 18 stores open in July, 2 of which have yet to report sales. Only 6 of these outlets were open on July 1st, the day legal cannabis sales began.

“It’s off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn’t fully up and running yet,” says Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the entity tasked with regulating the new industry.

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