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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Seattle: 90% of Tickets for Public Cannabis Consumption Given to Men

A new study released by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has found that tickets distributed for thejoint public consumption of cannabis have overwhelmingly gone to men, and disproportionately to minorities.

The study found that men received roughly 90% of the 85 tickets distributed between July 1st, 2014, through the end of the year. The study also found that 90% of the tickets were distributed by SPD’s West Precinct.

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