Alaska marijuana regulators have delayed discussions about onsite marijuana consumption until next month.
The state’s Marijuana Control Board was expected to consider whether to move forward with proposed rules for letting retail cannabis customers to consume their purchases on site
It’s something that no other state that has legalized the recreational use of marijuana has permitted.
The board used its two day meeting to go through a backlog of permit applications for retail stores and manufacturing facilities.
“They really wanted to concentrate on approved applications at this meeting so people could begin with their businesses as we move into summer,” said Erika McConnell, director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board. “Onsite consumption was kind of the big time-consuming issue that they pushed until the end and then we ran out of time. ”
According to McConnell there are three proposals presented by three members of the board. She said those members will have to discuss all three and determine whether they would like to move forward with one of them.
The discussions on enabling customers to use marijuana at businesses will probably continue until after the May 15th meeting.
“If they do make a determination in May on one of the propositions set forth then that will have to go out for public opinion,” said McConnell.
But, there was still loads that got carried through during|in this month’s meeting.
Thirteen new cultivation permits were approved, as well two product manufacturing permits, and sixteen new retail stores.
Among those was the application for The High Expedition Co, which used up a lot of time because of callers expressing resistance of starting a store on Main Street in Talkeetna.
The board approved the permits on a 3-2 vote after objections that the town’s historic nature would be damaged by the presence of a marijuana shop on Main Street.
Joe McAneney, the owner of The High Expedition Co, said that if all goes as intended the shop will open on April 20, 2017.