Alaska Marijuana: Regulators Renew Onsite Pot Use Debate


The Marijuana Control Board voted to re-open the debate about onsite pot use at retailers. Proposals are expected to be discussed on Friday.

JUNEAU, AK — Alaska’s marijuana regulators plan to renew a debate over using marijuana products at retail cannabis shops.

In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and seven other states, but remains unlawful at the federal level. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

But the board later voted to re-open the debate. Proposals are expected to be discussed at a Friday meeting.

One board member proposed a two-year moratorium for onsite consumption. Others have proposed permitting some form of onsite use.