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Alaska legalizes social consumption in specialty stores

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Cannabis clubs for social use appear in Alaska

By joining Denver tasting clubs and San Francisco smokehouses, Alaska will become the first state to offer a specific clinic license for deliberate social consumption.

Beginning April 11, licensed clinic owners will be able to apply for a "special endorsement for on-site use" to create designated smoking areas where clients will be allowed to smoke cannabis. The area will be separate from the retail space, which means that there will likely be patios or outdoor lounges where you can smoke outside, the two spaces will have to be separated by a partition

Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer

Alaska may be the last frontier in the United States, but when it comes to cannabis regulation, the 49e State is breaking new ground. On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer approved a plan to legalize social cannabis use in state-run licensed clinics: the first of its kind in the growing legal cannabis landscape in the United States.

According to the newspaper Juneau Empirethe new social use bylaw will allow clinics to apply for an additional permit to convert an adjacent space into a cannabis parlor, where locals and tourists can light their joint after purchase.

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The new social consumption rules will come into effect in Alaska on April 11, but do not book your 420 trip yet in the frozen tundra, as industry experts predict a significant licensing period that could delay the process as soon as possible this summer.

"When these rules come into force, Alaska will be the first state to finalize and approve state-wide rules for on-site consumption. We expect other countries to follow suit in the not too distant future, "Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML, said in a press release. "Enabling social consumption is commercially reasonable, especially for states with large numbers of tourists who otherwise do not have room to consume legally, but it also has a significant justice component. social.

In the 48 Least Developed States, only a few States have approved any regulation on social consumption. Voters Denver have adopted the 300 Initiative in 2016 to allow the opening of vape rooms, coffee lounge and arcade room with edible products derived from cannabis. Smokers from Colorado still can not smoke privately. In California, local municipalities also have control of cannabis salons, smoking areas of health clinics San Francisco being the only hotspot for social consumption in Golden State, while West Hollywood is currently striving to make a similar reputation in Social.

Some clinics in California allow clients to consume on-site purchases in accordance with San Francisco's local policy, which allowed medical use at the time, which is allowed almost anywhere. In Denver, companies can apply for a permit and put forward the spray.

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For Alaska: the "on-site consumption" license will be under the control of the state control board, each store will have to provide a safety plan, ventilation standards, a door or a safe outdoor terrace separating the commercial space the consumer show.

"In addition to being a test model for the rest of the United States, we will also try to do it for ourselves," said recently Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association. "There are a lot of things that depend on that."

source: Merryjane

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