Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board revealed additional proposed regulations at its first meeting in Fairbanks. The new restrictions and guidelines pointedly address cannabis retail operations.
Cynthia Franklin, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Marijuana Control Board director, introduced regulations regarding who may apply for and receive marijuana retail licenses and handler permits. Other issues covered are proposed restrictions on advertising, permitted hours of operation and health and safety standards for businesses. The public will be able to review and comment on the proposed regulations.
The most anticipated issue addressed at the meeting was regarding regulations for retail license holders. Under this draft, a person with a felony conviction is not eligible to apply. A person who has been charged for distributed cannabis or facilitated its use illegally during the two year period before the regulations become law is also disqualified. An exception may be made for business owners who have shown good faith in working alongside the board to bring their companies into compliance with emerging laws. Another proposed regulation prohibits the delivery of cannabis products away from licensed properties.
Gov. Bill Walker recently named the five volunteers that now make up the Marijuana Control Board. The appointees represent different sectors of Alaskan interest: public safety, public health, rural Alaska, and the marijuana industry. One additional spot represents the general public. The board is charged with constructing a set of regulations for cannabis-related recreational and commercial enterprises in Alaska.
Brandon Emmett, public member of the Marijuana Control Board, expressed concern about the restrictive nature of some of the regulations. He indicated that he thought parts of the draft would,
“…end the marijuana industry before it starts.”
Franklin was quick to halt further comment. She said,
“Unless you’re talking about changing a word or two, you’re usurping the public’s role in this.”
The board will have until November 24 to form the regulations.